WORLD WAR Z Sequel Taps Writer Steven Knight

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It’s been the better part of a year since last we reported on Paramount’s planned World War Z sequel.  Then, it was to tell you that Juan Antonio Bayona was attached to direct; now it’s to let you know that Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the script, with Brad Pitt set to return.  Plot details are still under wraps, but one would assume the sequel would continue the events inspired by the Max Brooks novel.  This screenwriting news comes about two months after word that Pitt may star in a World War II-era film written by Knight.  While it’s a no-brainer that Paramount wants a follow-up to their half-a-billion-dollar earner (the highest of Pitt’s career), it’s a bit surprising that Knight landed the writing job.  Hit the jump for more.

THE IMPOSSIBLE Director Juan Antonio Bayona to Helm WORLD WAR Z Sequel

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Paramount is forging ahead with plans for a sequel to this summer’s zombie tentpole World War Z, and the first order of business is finding a new director.  Due to the contentious and trouble-laden production process, WWZ helmer Marc Forster wasn’t keen on returning to direct a potential follow-up.  When the film defied expectations and had Brad Pitt’s biggest opening weekend of his career, soaring to $540 million worldwide, Paramount started making moves on a follow-up.  Now the studio has settled on a new director to take the helm of the franchise, attaching The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona to oversee the development of World War Z 2.  Hit the jump for more.

Oscar Visual Effects Short List Includes PACIFIC RIM, OBLIVION, THE HOBBIT, and GRAVITY; MAN OF STEEL Fails to Make the Cut

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The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences has announced its short list for the films that will vie for the Best Visual Effects Oscar.  A total of 10 films will compete in a vfx “bakeoff” in January, where select scenes from each movie are shown to the voting members.  Among the short listed titles are Pacific Rim, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, World War Z, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness, and of course Gravity.  Curiously, Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel failed to make the cut, as did Ender’s Game and The Wolverine.  Though critics were mixed on Man of Steel and Ender’s Game, both films showcased some seriously excellent visual effects—especially Ender’s Game—so it’s surprising to see them left off this Oscar short list.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of films that made the cut, and sound off in the comments with which one you think featured the best visual effects of the year. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 1st, 2014. 

Watch: Mark Wahlberg, David Heyman, and More Discuss Filmmaking Challenges, Backlash, and BOOGIE NIGHTS in Producers Roundtable

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Last week, we shared an enlightening roundtable video interview with the directors of some of this year’s awards contenders like Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, and Steve McQueen.  Today, THR has released a new roundtable interview this time focusing on producers, as Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor), David Heyman (Gravity), Dede Gardner (12 Years a Slave, World War Z), Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips), Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel), and Pam Williams (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) sat down for 50-minute discussion on all things moviemaking.  The conversation covers a lot of ground, touching on why Wahlberg almost fired his agent over Fifty Shades of Grey, Roven showing Heath Ledger the IMAX prologue for The Dark Knight, Entourage salary disputes, horrible test scores for Boogie Nights, and so much more.

Hit the jump to watch the full conversation.

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.

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Charts Impressive Opening but GRAVITY Holds For First

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gravity-sandra-bullock-george-clooney-sliceAfter setting a new October record for its debut, Gravity was again stellar in its second orbit. The 3D drama remained securely in first place with an estimated $44.2 million and a new domestic total of $123.4 million after ten days. That left newcomer Captain Phillips with a second place launch, though the film’s estimate of $26 million was well above expectations. Machete Kills, on the other hand, brought in less than half of its anticipated $8 million start and just one third of the opening that Machete claimed in 2011.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gravity $44,265,000 $123.4
2.  Captain Phillips $26,000,000 $26
3.  Cloudy With a Chance 2 $14,200,000 $78
4.  Machete Kills $3,797,000 $3.7
5.  Runner Runner $3,725,000 $14.1
6.  Prisoners $3,665,000 $53.6
7.  Insidious Chapter 2 $2,650,000 $78.4
8.  Rush $2,400,000 $22.2
9.  Don Jon $2,340,000 $20.1
10.  Baggage Claim $2,075,000 $18.2

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.

New to Blu-ray: WORLD WAR Z, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, ARROW: The Complete First Season, and More

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Mireille Enos Talks WORLD WAR Z on Blu-ray, the Reshoots, the Film’s Success, Looking Back on THE KILLING, David Ayer’s SABOTAGE, and More

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After all of the talk about World War Z (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) being troubled and needing re-shoots, it unquestionably proved itself to be one of the surprise success stories of the summer, with over half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and sparking talk of a sequel.  The film follows Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), as he fights to save and return to his family while a lethal virus spread through a single bite turns healthy humans into something unrecognizable, unthinking and feral.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Mireille Enos (who played Gerry’s wife, Karin) talked about how the film’s success was sweet revenge on everyone who was plotting their doom, that 2/3 of the film is very close to the original script and ultimately only the ending changed, how she’s been approached about the possibility of a sequel, what she thinks will most surprise people about what it took to pull things off behind the scenes, and the most scared she got while shooting.  She also talked about her experience working with Arnold Schwarzenegger on David Ayer’s Sabotage, and what she’ll remember most fondly about being a part of the AMC drama series The Killing, which was just canceled after its third season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Paramount Re-Releases STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and WORLD WAR Z Double Feature for Labor Day

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Missed Star Trek Into Darkness and/or World War Z earlier this year?  Don’t have any plans for the Labor Day holiday?  Then you’re in luck because Paramount is re-releasing both films as a double-feature for one week only!  Starting Friday, August 30th and running until Thursday, September 5th, you can relive two of the summer’s biggest action films in the same night.  While they won’t be playing in the IMAX format, you can catch both films in either 2D or RealD 3D.  Hit the jump for all the details.

Atlanta Readers: Win Tickets to See WORLD WAR Z in IMAX

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World War Z has become an unexpected hit, and proof that a troubled production can still yield a popular movie.  The film didn’t do much for me, but almost everyone I’ve talked to has enjoyed it, so I’m in the minority.  Paramount is now attempting to capitalize on the flick’s popularity by giving it a one-week engagement in IMAX theaters, and I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be giving away 20 pairs of tickets to see it for free.  Since these are tickets and not passes, you can see the film in IMAX at any participating theater any time you want, but it’s only playing through Thursday.

So in the interest of time, the first 20 people who send an e-mail containing their name and address to “” with the subject line “WORLD WAR Z IMAX” are going to get tickets.  Hit the jump for a list of participating theaters.

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.

Storyboards and Concept Art for the Original Ending of WORLD WAR Z [UPDATED]

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After World War Z opened to become a surprise hit, word started spreading about the movie’s original ending.  The film was supposed to take an incredibly dark turn in the third act where we would jump ahead in time and see Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) conscripted into the Russian army to fight against the zombies.  This would eventually lead to a huge battle in Moscow.  That battle was never filmed, but the storyboards and concept art remains.  Storyboard artist David Allcock and concept artist Seth Engstrom have posted their work on their respective websites, and they provide a look at what probably would have been a thrilling set piece.  However, based on what we know about the narrative of the third act, the excitement from the scene would have been blunted by the depressing plot.

Hit the jump to take a look at a “What if?” version of World War Z. [Update: We've been asked by Paramount to take down the images, as they were unofficially leaked.]

Friday Box Office: PACIFIC RIM Falls to GROWN UPS 2

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After a confusing day that saw the top three films shift almost hourly, Friday’s official estimates are out and Sony’s Grown Ups 2 is on top… for now. The sequel to 2010′s Grown Ups took in an estimated $16.3 million from 3,491 locations, including $2.3 million from Thursday pm previews. Grown Ups 2 was originally expected to match the $40 million debut of its predecessor, but tracking has now been upgraded to the $45 million range. At third on Friday, Despicable Me 2 is also expected to earn $45 million this weekend, indicating that the box office confusion is far from over.

For a case in point, look no further than Pacific Rim. For a time, the Guillermo del Toro feature was expected to take top honors yesterday. Instead, Pacific Rim placed second with an estimated $14.6 million from 3,275 runs. That includes $3.6 million from the film’s Thursday pm and midnight screenings – exactly what World War Z saw from its early previews. That was enough to send Pacific Rim‘s weekend projections soaring to $50 million or more at one point yesterday though, at the moment, tracking has it back to $37 million through Sunday. With Friday’s estimates so unsteady, there is no reason to expect tracking to improve this weekend but check back tomorrow for updated estimates and analysis.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Grown Ups 2 $16,300,000 $16.3
2.  Pacific Rim $14,620,000 $14.6
3.  Despicable Me 2 $13,400,000 $197.8
4.  The Heat $4,200,000 $102.5
5.  The Lone Ranger  $3,370,000 $63.3

Details Emerge about Original Ending and Other Changes to WORLD WAR Z; Paramount Developing Sequel

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Last year, word leaked out that production on World War Z had spiraled out of control.  This cloud hung over the film through the reshoots and the press tour, but the zombie action flick weathered the storm to end up grossing an impressive $66 million domestically over the weekend.  It’s the biggest opening weekend for producer and star Brad Pitt, and it looks like Paramount is happy to have a new franchise.  THR reports that the studio, unsurprisingly, is developing a sequel.  Ironically, part of the reason for the reshoots was because the original movie was too bent on setting up future installments rather than telling the immediate story.

Hit the jump for to learn the original ending of the film and the changes screenwriters Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard made to the picture. [Warning: spoilers ahead]

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