Marc Forster Attached to Direct RED RISING Adaptation

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Though director Marc Forster won’t be returning for Paramount’s World War Z sequel, he intends to stick with the action/thriller genre for the time-being.  Deadline reports that Forster is attached to helm an adaptation of the Pierce Brown novel Red Rising, which takes place on a desolate Mars and revolves around a lower-class protagonist who becomes a revolutionary and sets about upending an oppressive power.  Joe Roth is set to produce, and two studios are apparently in the mix to bring the project to fruition—though neither is Paramount, as Forster and the studio didn’t exactly part on good terms following the difficult production and post-production of World War Z.

Forster has always been a bit of a genre-hopper, making his action debut on the 2008 Bond film Quantum of Solace after helming lighter or more dramatic fare like Stranger Than Fiction and Finding Neverland.  Sci-fi is certainly new territory for the filmmaker, but it’ll be interesting to see how this one comes together.  Read the synopsis for the book after the jump.

WORLD WAR Z Blu-ray Review

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Plagued by production troubles, rumored tension between star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster, and expensive reshoots that entirely reworked the final 45 minutes of the film, World War Z opened this summer with a very large target on its back.  The final result, however, was far from a disaster.  Though many anticipated a major box office bomb from Paramount, World War Z was actually a rather effective summer tentpole whose intensity caught on with audiences to the tune of $540 million worldwide.  With a potential sequel on the way, the film is now available on home video.  Hit the jump for my review of World War Z on Blu-ray.

Director Marc Forster Out for WORLD WAR Z Sequel

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Although it went on to be a worldwide hit raking in over half-a-billion dollars, World War Z saw a heavy dose of skepticism and internal creative strife during its production.  While the successful box office helped pave the way for a sequel, director Marc Forster will not be involved with the film.  Star Brad Pitt, who produced the film through his Plan B Entertainment company, is moving forward with production on the sequel, although it’s still in early planning stages.  There was no explicit reason given for Forster’s departure, but perhaps the director did not want a repeat of the behind-the-scenes tribulations he experienced during the first film.  Hit the jump for more.

WORLD WAR Z Getting Limited One-Week Run in IMAX 3D Starting August 2nd

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World War Z is returning to theaters.  Paramount Pictures has digitally remastered director Marc Forster‘s zombie apocalypse thriller into the IMAX format, and will release the film in select IMAX 3D theaters for a one-week run starting August 2nd.  So if you missed the Brad Pitt-fronted pic when it opened in June or just want to see it again on the big, big screen, now’s your chance.  The decision for the re-release likely has something to do with the fact that the film’s domestic box office gross currently stands at $192.6 million, as the new IMAX run will ensure that World War Z crosses the $200 million benchmark.  The pic’s worldwide total is at $473 million, and Paramount has already started work on a follow-up film.  Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

WORLD WAR Z Review

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At a nascent stage in the development of World War Z, someone must have said, “I want a zombie action movie,” and somehow no one else decided to build upon that.  The checklist was “Zombies” and “Action”, and everything else that makes a movie was chucked in as an afterthought.  “Family” became the “humanizing” element of a paper-thing protagonist, and zombies became nothing but a generic threat with well-established rules and an entrenched fan-base who don’t seem to mind the horror sub-genre growing weaker and more thoughtless with almost each new property.  Despite its valuable resources like strong source material, an international setting, and a talented lead actor, World War Z is content to deliver some thrilling action scenes, and then leave the audience with nothing but a rotting carcass.

28 New High-Resolution Images from WORLD WAR Z Starring Brad Pitt

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Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Marc Forster’s large-scale zombie pic World War Z.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who traverses the globe in a race to stop a growing zombie pandemic that threatens to put an end to humanity.  The pic’s production troubles have not exactly been a secret, but Pitt has been doing everything he can to promote the film so one assumes he’s happy with the finished product.  The prospect of crafting a globe-trotting horror film on a tentpole scale still intrigues me, so here’s hoping everything came together in the end.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, David Morse, and Daniella KerteszWorld War Z opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 21st.

Director Marc Forster Talks WORLD WAR Z, Reshoots, Changing the Ending, His Approach to Zombies, 3D, Comparisons to the Book, Sequels, and More

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With director Marc Forster’s World War Z arriving in theaters June 21st, Paramount recently invited a number of reporters to watch about 15 minutes of the movie with an in-person introduction by Brad Pitt.  If you haven’t seen the latest trailer, Pitt stars as a United Nations employee who traverses the globe in a race to stop a growing Zombie pandemic that threatens to put an end to humanity.  The film also stars Mireille EnosMatthew FoxJames Badge Dale, and David Morse.

As most of you know, I’m not a fan of spoiling a movie, so don’t look for a shot-by-shot description of the footage.  However, I will say that the footage was loaded with great character moments and kick ass action, took place in various locations around the world, and showcased the main difference between World War Z and other zombie movies: the undead in World War Z move fast and work together to reach a goal.  In one of the clips, we watched as a huge hoard of zombies worked together to get over a wall.  It was a hell of a sequence that looked great on the big screen.  Hit the jump for a lot more.

New Trailer for WORLD WAR Z Starring Brad Pitt

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Paramount has released a new trailer for director Marc Forster’s (Quantum of Solace) zombie apocalypse film World War Z.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee who traverses the globe in a race to stop a growing Zombie pandemic that threatens to put an end to humanity.  This trailer does a better job at humanizing Pitt’s character as a family man as well as hinting at the plot arc he’ll have to follow.  While the CG still looks a bit suspect, the zombie hordes of World War Z have proven to be not only resilient but rather resourceful in getting around.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Brad PittMireille EnosMatthew FoxJames Badge Dale, and David Morse.  World War Z opens on June 21, 2013.

New Poster for WORLD WAR Z Reaches for the Sky

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A new poster has been released for Marc Forster‘s World War Z.  Per the brief official synopsis, “The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.”  What is the word missing from that sentence?  If you said, “Zombie”, you win a lifetime supply of shotguns.  Like we saw in the trailer, World War Z is big on selling zombies as a horde rather than gruesome individuals, which they can’t really get away with since it’s a PG-13 movie.  I’m sure audience can figure out that it’s a zombie pandemic, but these are zombies we’re not used to seeing: pile-zombies.  Fear the pile.

Hit the jump to check out the poster, and click here to see some great fan-made posters.  The film also stars Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, and David MorseWorld War Z opens June 21st and the new trailer hits tonight at midnight.

Watch the Super Bowl Spot for WORLD WAR Z Starring Brad Pitt

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And yet another Super Bowl TV spot has landed online early ahead of Sunday’s game.  Paramount Pictures has unveiled the new TV spot for director Marc Forster’s zombie apocalypse thriller World War Z, and it’s chock-full of the living dead.  The film is based on Max Brooks’ novel of the same name and stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee “who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.”  This spot highlights flashes of big action, zombie hoardes, and Brad Pitt, which sounds like a swell combination when marketing to an audience as large as the Super Bowl’s.

Hit the jump to watch the new spot, and check back here on Collider Sunday night for a round-up of the commercials and movie ads that played during the game.  World War Z opens on June 21st.

First Trailer for WORLD WAR Z Starring Brad Pitt

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The first trailer for director Marc Forster’s zombie apocalypse film World War Z has been released.  Things go to Hell rather quickly for the Lane family when the zombie apocalypse wreaks havoc on an otherwise mundane rush hour.  I get that Forster is accentuating the “world” aspect of the film and certainly establishes the pandemic as a global event, but the cut of the trailer paints the horde of the undead as more of an overwhelming flood observed from a bird’s eye view.  I’m hoping to see a little more of the immediate danger, but this glimpse certainly gets the heart pumping.  (I think we’ve all had enough of the Zimmer horns though…)

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, and David MorseWorld War Z opens on June 21st, 2013.

First Official Look at Brad Pitt in WORLD WAR Z

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The first trailer for the zombie apocalypse drama World War Z is set to debut later today, but Paramount has gotten a jump on things and released the first official image of Brad Pitt from the film.  The adaptation of the Max Brooks zombie novel has gone through a few rough patches in production, with the release date pushed from this coming December to next summer and the third act having been rewritten by Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) and reshot after production had already wrapped.  We got a very brief preview of the trailer the other day that promised a terrifying shit ton of zombies, so hopefully the full film delivers when all is said and done.

Hit the jump to take a look at the image, and check back here on Collider later today to watch the first trailer.  Directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), the film also stars Anthony Mackie, Matthew Fox, Mireille Enos, and James Badge DaleWorld War Z opens on June 21st, 2013.

Marc Forster in Talks to Direct Disney’s IMAGINING NATHAN

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Director Marc Forster is continuing his track record of choosing varied material, as he’s now looking to helm a Disney feature.  The Wrap reports that the Quantum of Solace director is in negotiations to direct Imagining Nathan, a film that revolves around a character who, as a six-year-old, “retreats into a fantasy world after his parents are killed.”  The film takes place thirty years later, where his sister is trying to help him escape his demons after being diagnosed with a condition that causes him to live in a cartoon-like world.

It sounds much more akin to Forster’s Finding Neverland than his more recent, action-oriented material.  He most recently helmed the Brad Pitt-fronted zombie pic World War Z, which has encountered some pretty significant production problems.  Extensive reshoots have been scheduled and rumors have swirled that Pitt and Forster aren’t exactly on speaking terms.  Nevertheless, the film remains a promising summer 2013 tentpole for Paramount Pictures.  No word on when Imagining Nathan might get going, but it sounds like a nice change of pace for Forster so I’m eager to see what he makes of it.

Drew Goddard Rewrites the Ending of WORLD WAR Z

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In the long line of complications accompanying the adaptation of the Max Brooks’ novel, World War Z, yet another writer has come on to hash out the script.  Damon Lindelof was previously reported to be working on the ending of the troubled picture starring Brad Pitt, but it’s now being reported that his Lost co-writer, Drew Goddard, actually did the majority of the writing.  Lindelof apparently dreamed up the possible ending of the film but ran out of time to do the actual scripting.  That chore fell to Goddard, who recently co-wrote Cabin in the Woods with Joss Whedon and also scripted the Robopocalypse adaptation for Steven Spielberg. Hit the jump for more on the fate of World War Z.

Why WORLD WAR Z Is a Disaster Movie That’s Become a Disaster

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Paramount almost didn’t make a PG-13 blockbuster adaptation of Max Brooks‘ zombie novel World War Z, and that would have probably been for the best.  The project, which was envisioned as the first part of a potential trilogy, would have been dead if the movie didn’t get a co-financier, but the studio eventually found partners in producer Graham King‘s GK Films and David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions.  Now they’re all paying the price as the production has spun wildly out of control, soared to more than a $170 million budget, requires five weeks of complex reshoots (others have put the number at 7-8 weeks), and brought in Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof to do re-writes on a picture that won’t be able to get back in front of cameras until September.

So how did production on World War Z go so horribly wrong?  Hit the jump for more.

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