‘World War Z’ Super Bowl Spot

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 3Star Trek Into DarknessThe Lone RangerOz: The Great and PowerfulFast & 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 »

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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So What Went Wrong With ‘World War Z’?

At this point, it’s no secret that Paramount’s World War Z is in deep trouble. The zombie drama was moved from its December 2012 date to June 2013 to allow for significant reshoots, and Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof was brought on board to rework the script. And all this after an already rocky production history that saw the studio trying and failing for years to get the project off the ground, throwing quite a bit of money at it along the way.

So what, exactly, went wrong? A new report points at a few different factors, and suggests that the movie was plagued with issues from the get-go. Read all about it after the jump.

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When it was revealed that Marc Forster‘s World War Z would need almost two months of reshoots, we all realized it was in deep trouble. Paramount has now hired a screenwriter to play savior: Damon Lindelof. The Prometheus and Star Trek screenwriter, who recently said he was done with movies after signing a new TV deal, apparently spoke too soon and has been called upon to help bolster the film’s third act.

World War Z, based on the book by Max Brooks and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, stars Brad Pitt as a scientist trying to solve a global zombie pandemic. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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