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Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:

  • Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
  • Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
  • Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
  • Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
  • Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
  • … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now

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‘World War Z’ – What Did You Think?

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In 2006, author Max Brooks released a book with an amazing premise and an even better title. World War Z, the book, was billed as an “oral history of the zombie war.” It told fictionalized stories of people’s experiences looking back at zombie apocalypse and how humanity ultimately triumphed. Actor Brad Pitt‘s production company almost immediately picked up the movie rights and director Marc Forster was attached in 2008. From there, the film went through several different incarnations before finally going in front of cameras in 2011.

Then, during production, controversy once again surrounded the film. We already knew Brooks’ structure had been jettisoned for a more straight-forward approach by now, millions of dollars and weeks of reshoots were ordered. Turns out, Paramount had hired a new team to rewrite a major section of the film hoping to create a more satisfying experience.

The gamble paid off. A mere eight years after Brooks’ book was released, World War Z is now in theaters. Though reviews haven’t been uniformly positive, most agree Forster and Pitt have made a decent film. It’s certainly the most epic zombie film ever made in terms of scope, but it does have some issues. What did you think of World War Z? Was it entertaining? Did you like the reported changes? Listen to the /Filmcast review here and talk about the film below.

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Brad Pitt and Marc Forster‘s long-discussed global zombie adaptation, World War Z, is finally hitting theaters this weekend. After a production marred in controversy, Paramount paid for massive rewrites and reshoots to (hopefully) save the movie. The story goes that, during editing, no one was happy with how the film ended. Executives decided that, instead of presumptuously building the film towards a sequel, it would be more beneficial to rein it back and complete a single story.

Screenwriters Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and Damon Lindelof (Lost) were recruited to help and, according to early reviews, the pair at the very least saved the movie from disaster. In fact, some people believe they helped make it a really good movie. You can decide for yourself June 21.

Below, read exactly what Lindelof and Goddard did to improve the film, spoiler free. Read More »

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The still above from 21 Jump Street is an accurate representation of my reaction to the reveal that the sequel will be called 22 Jump Street. Also after the jump:

  • Check out pics from Transformers 4‘s Texas set
  • How much of Transformers 4 is set in China?
  • Freida Pinto and James Franco won’t return (duh) for more Apes 
  • Marc Forster is “open” to a World War Z sequel
  • Sofia Vergara gets another Machete Kills poster
  • See a trailer for Despicable Me 2‘s “Minion Rush” game
  • Watch tons of B-roll and interviews from Monsters University

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Movie critics seem very divided on Marc Forster‘s World War Z, but maybe it’ll get more solid approval from music lovers. Brit band Muse has contributed a couple of tunes to the soundtrack, including “Isolated System” from the 2012 album The 2nd Law. Paramount has just revealed a new music video for the song, and it is chock full of new footage from the film. Check it out after the jump.

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World War Z has been plagued by reports of behind-the-scenes trouble from the get-go, leaving fans to worry that long-gestating adaptation would fall far short of its widely beloved source material. But in the end, what matters isn’t whether director Marc Forster and star/producer Brad Pitt struggled mightily to make the movie, but whether they succeeded in making a good one.

And on that front, critical opinion seems to be deeply divided. For every reviewer that calls the film “a total rush,” there’s another who knocks it as “World War Zzzzz.” Hit the jump to read the early responses.

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The last poster for World War Z showed an organic tower of zombies swarming towards a helicopter. For this new one-sheet, Brad Pitt takes the center as he rides in the back of a helicopter, but he’s not really the focus. Despite Pitt occupying most of the poster’s real estate, most people will probably spend more time checking out what he’s surveying: total chaos on the ground below. The lesson from the two posters: helicopters might help people get a look at the grand scale of the film’s zombie outbreak, but they won’t save you in the end.

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“I wanted to make a film my sons could actually see before they get old,” said Brad Pitt, talking about his upcoming zombie film, World War Z. “As you will see, we got a little carried away.” Pitt was on the Paramount lot last week, along with director Marc Forster, to introduce 20 minutes of footage from the June 21 release.

The actor, who is also a producer, spoke about what they were trying to do with the movie. “In Max Brooks’ book we found much more than a zombie film. We found this global apocalypse,” Pitt said. “This zombie epidemic as worldwide pandemic.” That massive scope was certainly on display in the footage, which featured Pitt’s character separating from his family to travel the world, hoping to figure out the source of the rising zombie apocalypse. Oh, and also rising walls of vicious zombies.

After the footage, Forster took questions from a handful of journalists, many of which were aimed at the film’s controversial production. The process saw massive reshoots and rewrites. He admitted that, yes, the ending had been changed but that they were very happy with the result.

After the jump, read more about the footage itself, watch a video blog reacting to the footage, and read more from Forster about the ending, how the film goes against zombie conventions and more. Read More »

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The latest trailer for Marc Forster‘s World War Z is now online and it features a zombie attack no one has ever really seen. Brad Pitt is on a plane jetsetting across the globe trying to figure out the source of a global zombie apocalypse. Things seem safe when a frightening, guttural screaming begins. Then, out of nowhere, we’re part of a zombie attack on a commercial airliner, which is pretty much the most terrifying thing imaginable.

Up until that moment, though, the trailer really doesn’t show us a ton that we haven’t seen already from the June 21 release. There are massive mounds of zombies in across cities all over the world, with Brad Pitt trying to figure out the root of the problem, and a strong family element at the center of the story.

But for zombie fans, it’s safe to say you’ve never seen a movie on this scale before. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »

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Usually when a movie stars Brad Pitt, his recognizable face is all over the posters. On the second teaser poster for his new film, World War Z, he’s nowhere to be seen. Instead it’s the terrifying image of a literal mountain of zombies climbing on top of each other to take down a helicopter. The image is bold and seems to say that, though Pitt is the star, the zombies are the real force behind the film.

Directed by Marc Forster, based on the book by Max Brooks, World War Z opens June 21. See the full poster below, and keep an eye out for the trailer later tonight at midnight PST. Read More »