‘World War Z’ Aims To Begin Production Soon [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 18th, 2011 at 9:45 am,

World War Z movie with Brad Pitt World War Z Aims To Begin Production Soon [Updated]

The film adaptation of Max Brooks’ World War Z is a good example of how quickly things can turn around for a Hollywood production. A few weeks ago the project was said to be at risk of collapsing, with Paramount scrambling to find co-financiers for the pricey $125 million zombpocalypse thriller.

Just a week later there was word that Paramount had essentially secured that desired financial support and development of the flick was back on track. Now it looks like World War Z could actually begin filming as soon as next month – or possibly before the end of April, even.

Bleeding Cool has learned that director of photography Robert Richardson – who recently completed his duties on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret – is actively prepping for World War Z to begin production overseas in London. That means director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) could be looking to begin shooting his adaptation even sooner than June – a start date previously viewed as being met in only a best case scenario.

[UPDATE: Elstree is officially denying that production on World War Z will be based at its London studio.]

For those unfamiliar with World War Z, here’s an official description of Brooks’ original novel:

We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting and riveting voices of the men and women who witnessed the horror firsthand, ‘World War Z’ is the only record of the plague years.

world war z movie World War Z Aims To Begin Production Soon [Updated]

Brad Pitt is attached to star in World War Z as as the United Nations Postwar Commission agent that interviews individuals who survived the battle against the legions of undead. Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski’s (Thor) script has earned more than its fair share of positive buzz, and reportedly restructures Brooks’ source material so that Pitt’s character serves as the central protagonist of the piece.

Forster is also planning on delivering a PG-13 Rated World War Z movie, which makes the project look all the more lucrative to studio officials – and partly explains why Paramount worked so hard to prevent the adaptation from collapsing. Fans of the original novel and zombie enthusiasts alike are sure to be divided over the prospect of World War Z not being Rated R, but I think it’s feasible – though it will mean the film won’t deliver the loads of gore that some moviegoers want.

It also makes sense that production on World War Z is being fast-tracked even more than was previously speculated. With more than half a dozen high-profile zombie pics either being actively developed or slated to hit theaters in the near future, Paramount would want to beat the pack with its own costly venture. So long as the project isn’t rushed too much (and it doesn’t look to be), that strategy should be to the studio’s benefit.

We’ll continue to keep you posted on the status of World War Z. Does it sounds enticing so far?

Source: Bleeding Cool

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  1. This News makes me sooo happy, CANT Get enough of these special kinds of undead… They Are my favorite, and the last paragraf of this news, made me Even happier… Half a dozen..:D
    Im litterally lifting my body up from my favorite chair, in a futile attempt of starting a wave to reach across the world, as im the only one arround, it must be the sadest attempt ever.. But im doing it again, just because zombieflicks makes me that happy… …here i go again… Join me everybody… Yeaaaahhh…the wave..!

  2. I’d like to see some casting updates. Funny that they are discussing filming already, considering the only cast member to be officially announced is Pitt, as far as I can find.

  3. I am personally excited for the film but I am scared that they will only show people talk about their stories and only show glimpses of zombies since it is pg13

  4. This is a great book, and if done right could be a great zombie movie, but also a really good dramatic movie. The book had a strong emotional core to it. I think for this reason, a Pg-13 rating could work.

    • I have not read this, i Think i did myself a dissfavor by reading zombie survival guide, that was a terrible book, and kind of a big drag to read… I may have to give this book a chance… Heard alot of good things about it:)

  5. whhaaaaaat??? pg-13 no thank you… i don’t want to see a stupid shticky zombie film that they can cash in on just to make a buck. I want gritty and dramatic, that reflects the times that the book takes place in. The dark, tense post Z earth.

  6. I loved the book and I am curious to see how this was adapted to a screenplay. So that also means I am nervous that it won’t work because this seemed like one of those great novels that just could not be adapted to a great film.

  7. I think by making a zombie movie, they should automatically approach it with an R rating in mind. Nothing about zombies makes you think, PG-13 material. Granted, The Walking Dead has been amazing so far without being too graphic and gorey but a movie shouldn’t be held to the same limitations as television.

  8. Hmmm… someone stop them please. That is all i have to say. Thank you and have a nice day.

  9. @Jf I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like the zombie survival guide I personally liked it but we are all entitled to our opinions and even if this movie flops I also highly recommend reading world war z you will notice alot of people doing things for information used from the ZSG in world war z I hope you enjoy it ^_^

    • Will jump to world war z as soon as im done with speaker of the dead(enders game followup), if it is bad i will hold you personal responsible, and you will never ever see me ship my hair back and forth, or enjoying the NeXT friday friday friday….. Hehe joking ofcourse, except for the part of reading wwz

  10. PG-13 horror = a failure.

    • It wouldn’t really be a horror movie. Did you read the book?

      • I’m reading it right now but it screams an R rating.

  11. there are several key scenes that would not work with pg-13. there is no way around this without either glossing them over and cleaning them up til they were unrecognisable or removing them completely. Yonkers, the Indian harbour, the french catacombs, the celebrity mansion – not for juevenile consumption.

  12. I’m disappointed to see that they couldn’t get the funding for an R rated version, however, I’m still excited and looking forward to this film. It doesn’t absolutely have to have an R rating, but it atleast needs to feel like it has an R rating (if that makes any sense).

    Also, let’s hope they keep the Z war a world war and not an American-centric one. Hollywood seems to think that Americans are not receptive to viewpoints outside of our own (some aren’t, but i like seeing other perspectives), and tend to make most films with a rigid American POV. That’s not needed or warranted for this film.

    I reslly enjoyed the political aspects of how each country/ culture reacted to and dealt with the crisis. The author did a really good job of showing how each countries past and present circumstances informed and dictated how they responded to the spread of the disease and the war that followed.

    I hope they keep the international flavor the book has when considering which parts to keep and which parts discard. I’ve said before that i’d like to see them make it into two movies as there is enough material to do so, but all I can really ask for is that they get this one right.

    I loved the book because it wasn’t just some soulless, hollow attempt at making a slash and hack zombie mayhem story. It really had a heavy, desperate mood throughout, and did a great job of mixing the action/ gore elements with psychological terror and an emotional underpinning.

    If they can convey the same mood/vibe and keep intact what made the book so successful I really believe this movie could be a huge hit not only in the states, but internationally as well (that’s why it makes even more sense to include more stories from other parts of the world). I’ve got high hopes for this one!

  13. Still like Dawn of the Dead! What a fun survival exercise tht would be, being trapped in a shopping mall by hundreds of zombies, and have to survive and periodically battle them, as well as a road-battalion of scuz-ball bikers! It might all be kind of fun (…providing of course that the other survivors and myself won!).

  14. Hmmm…I’m torn on this. I’m thrilled to pieces that this terrific novel looks as though it’s FINALLY going to make it’s way to the big screen. But can it be given the justice it deserves in a two hour movie without leaving out huge portions of the source material? I’d prefer a trilogy of films since there’s so much to cover.

    Brad Pitt is a good choice as the interviewer. I wonder who else will be added to the cast?

  15. Have they lost there D*** minds, a Zombie Apocalypse film is suppose to have an hard R. Studios need to stop being scared of making more R rated action flicks, there are plenty of great groundbreaking movies that have an R rating, like the Matrix Trilogy, the first 3 Terminator films, the first 3 Diehard films, the Lethal Weapon saga, 300, Badboys2, both 2 KillBill movies, and much more. All these films were huge R rated box office successes, I don’t see why World WarZ can’t.