Hollywood loves Chinese money, as the film audience in China makes up a significant portion of potential global box-office. As we’ve heard many times before, productions will shoot in China and/or cast Chinese actors not only to attract the local audience, but to qualify for distribution in the country. Some films, such as Looper and Iron Man 3, have even crafted China-specific versions.
Now Transformers 4 will cast Chinese actors and shoot footage in the country, the better to secure co-production status and thus a prime Chinese release opportunity. (China’s state regulations allow only a limited number of foreign films to play in a given year. Co-production status helps American studios skirt around release restrictions, as the film becomes technically a Chinese production.)
In a related note, there’s a report claiming that Paramount is making a slight change to World War Z in order to forestall controversy in China. Read More »
“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 »
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 »
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 »
We’ve all been pretty concerned about Marc Forster‘s adaptation of the Max Brooks novel World War Z. First the film was delayed for extensive reshoots and some accompanying rewrites, and then the first footage failed to assuage the concerns of the book’s biggest fans.
So how does it look now, in this second big footage drop, which comes in the form of a Super Bowl TV spot? The 30-second spot has enough time to recap some of what we’ve seen in the first trailer, including the setup of the zombie outbreak that Brad Pitt and his family must survive, but then it throws out a bit of new effects footage. Does this spot look better or more convincing than the first trailer? I’m not so sure; judge for yourself below.
Watch other 2013 Super Bowl spots at these links: Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Lone Ranger, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Fast & Furious 6.
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The year has just begun, but that means we’re a mere five months from the opening of blockbuster season in May, and so it’s time for studios to make sure that we know all about the films they’ve spent millions upon millions of dollars making, and possibly even more to promote.
So here are new images from Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, Marc Forster‘s delayed World War Z, one more from Sam Raimi‘s Oz: The Great and Powerful, to complement the few we presented yesterday, and a cute shot from Despicable Me 2 to round things out.
None of these will reveal much new about any of the films in question, but each is a good reminder of what’s to come this summer. Read More »
YouTube, late night television and Michel Gondry all deserve spots in the trailer parody hall of fame. Gondry’s film, Be Kind Rewind, gave birth to the low budget “sweding” of trailers where people do cheap, shot by shot, remakes. Late night TV shows like Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan have made a sport of parodying trailers for highly anticipated films and YouTube makes the consumption of these things extremely easy.
Today we have two perfect examples of where those parody hall of famers intersect. A comedy troupe named Dumb Drum sweded the recent trailer for Iron Man 3, with hilarious results, and Jimmy Fallon got Pee-Wee Herman to voice over the trailer for Marc Forster’s World War Z, starring Brad Pitt. Check out both after the jump. Read More »
At this point, we’ve had so many stories and suspicions about World War Z, the Marc Forster-directed adaptation of Max Brooks‘ novel about the aftermath of a zombie pandemic. Extensive reshoots have led many to assume that the film is a mess, and the first footage released a couple days ago didn’t do any favors, especially for those who want as many details of Brooks’ novel preserved as possible, and didn’t take kindly to the film’s fast zombies.
But now the first full trailer is here, and we can start to evaluate what Forster & Co. have actually made. Happily, the film looks a bit better than that initial footage glimpse suggested, even if it probably isn’t the movie that die-hard fans wanted. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Marc Forster‘s adaptation of the Max Brooks novel World War Z ran into some problems a few months ago when it had to go in for extensive rewrites and reshoots late in the game. Starring Brad Pitt as the Guy Who Has to Save the World (very loosely based on the primary narrator of the novel, a UN inspector whose work documents a zombie pandemic) the film was pushed from a late 2012 release back to June 21, 2013.
The trailer for World War Z will hit on Thursday, but in the meantime check out a bit of footage thanks to an Entertainment Tonight tease for the show’s coverage of the film. The talking heads aren’t nearly as irritating as they typically are. OK, they’re still pretty irritating, but at least you’ve got a chance to get a look at what Forster has done with loads and loads of fast-moving digital zombies. Read More »
The Paramount adaptation of Max Brooks‘ novel World War Z, directed by Marc Forster with Brad Pitt in the lead role, ran into some trouble months ago. The film’s release date was pushed and extensive reshoots scheduled to create footage that addresses big story deficiencies. As part of that reshoot process, Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the end of the film. (That move raised some eyebrows, given the general perception of Lindelof’s facility with endings as seen in Lost and Prometheus.)
Turns out that’s not quite what happened, however. While Lindelof came up with the idea for the new ending, he didn’t have time to write the script, and so the real work fell to Drew Goddard, who wrote for Lost, scripted Cloverfield, and co-wrote and directed and The Cabin in the Woods.
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