World War Z Headed for Reshoots
Posted 06.04.12 by Ryan
In March, Paramount Pictures delayed its adaptation of World War Z until 2013, pushing the movie from a crowded 2012 holiday season to a more tentpole-friendly summer season. While delays are often viewed as a red flag of trouble, the move could have been looked at as a promotion, since summer seemed like a better position for a global zombie thriller than the holidays. But with news now of extensive reshoots on the horizon, it's hard to feel confident about the adaptation of Max Brooks' best-selling novel.
The Daily Mail reports that seven weeks of additional shooting will take place, starting in Budapest, where Pitt will be on hand. It's unknown, though, whether Mireille Enos (The Killing), who plays Pitt's wife in the movie, or co-stars Matthew Fox (Lost) and James Badge Dale (The Departed) will be used in the reshoots. In fact, no details have been offered, though with seven weeks of work lined up, there is probably too much being shot to be discussed.
Already seen as impossible-to-adapt by many fans, the novel is set years after a zombie apocalypse has ravaged Earth. Told in faux-interview style, an unknown interviewer discusses the outbreak with survivors of the zombie war, with basically every event discussed after-the-fact. When news spread that the Brad Pitt-starring movie had abandoned the novel's structure for a more linear version, fans weren't thrilled. Already, World War Z fans were questioning Marc Forster (Finding Neverland and The Kite Runner) being handed the director's chair. News of the movie changing a major aspect of the book turned many fans from dubious to unquestionably skeptical. The only bright spot of news was that the movie was being looked at as a possible trilogy, which meant that no one's favorite sequence was going to be ignored.
Reshoots are fairly common practice, but seven weeks is pretty excessive. While a case could be made that Forster and screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan now have a chance to perfect the movie, many fans may see it as proof they didn't get it right the first time and are now scrambling to fix the movie. Regardless of your viewpoint, Forster and Co. have plenty of time to work on the movie before it opens on June 21, 2013.