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Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' $200 Million Production Nightmare Exposed
The Wrap ^ | Tue, Apr 30, 2013 | Greg Gilman

Posted on 05/01/2013 9:20:03 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Damon Lindelof and Paramount have spilled the rotten tomatoes on Brad Pitt's "World War Z."

Incomplete script, an incoherent ending, massive re-shoots, millions of dollars in budget overages, and even a Hungarian SWAT team raid are apparently just a few of the issues plaguing Pitt's troubled production, according to Vanity Fair's June cover story.

According to "Lost" writer Lindelof, who rewrote the film's third act and spoke with VF contributor Laura M. Holson, the SWAT team was the least of the producing team's worries. After screening a first cut of Marc Forster's geopolitical zombie thriller, Lindelof said the ending was abrupt and incoherent.

(Excerpt) Read more at movies.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywood; movies; worldwarz

1 posted on 05/01/2013 9:20:03 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Loved the book, still looking forward to the movie.


2 posted on 05/01/2013 9:25:16 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Incoherent ending”... well, if a writer from “Lost” was part of it, then that is a given!


3 posted on 05/01/2013 9:25:30 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: MinorityRepublican

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_Z


4 posted on 05/01/2013 9:26:47 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Its a zombie movie, making sense should never be a high priority. It isn’t good news when this sort of thing leaks before hand.


5 posted on 05/01/2013 9:27:27 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: null and void

Loved the book too. The zombies in the book didn’t swarm like locusts. I think Max Brooks should have demanded the movie bare some resemblance to the book.


6 posted on 05/01/2013 9:36:01 PM PDT by samsmom
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To: MinorityRepublican

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EC7P5WdUko

Fun book, written by Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks. Looks like decent special effects. Don’t expect anything thought provoking for a summer blockbuster movie.


7 posted on 05/01/2013 9:36:53 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I met Foster here in L.A. where he was signing autographs for his novel. Apparently from my insider, it was supposed to be given the “walking Dead” treatment but Kirkman, the WD creator was more open to having his creation be part of AMC with no control over it. Foster, however, was not open to the idea.


8 posted on 05/01/2013 9:38:37 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: samsmom

One could argue that the Battle of Yonkers looked like a swarm, as did it when they were called in with music in the south west desert.


9 posted on 05/01/2013 9:43:52 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: samsmom

10 posted on 05/01/2013 9:46:54 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Zombies.. the rotten, mangled undead who can always be “killed” by a shotgun blast.


11 posted on 05/01/2013 9:47:31 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: Vince Ferrer

zombie movies are suposed to be low budget for very good reasons


12 posted on 05/01/2013 9:55:54 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: AmusedBystander

‘Dawn of the Dead’: a Best Buy clerk, never held a gun before, makes head shots on fast zombies, and with a pistol. Now that’s entertainment.
Some Galician (Spaniard) wrote a pretty good zombie book but can’t remember the title. Will have to read this one soon, since it may be coming to Redbox quicker than its makers might like.


13 posted on 05/01/2013 10:08:11 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: AmusedBystander

‘Dawn of the Dead’: a Best Buy clerk, never held a gun before, makes head shots on fast zombies, and with a pistol. Now that’s entertainment.
Some Galician (Spaniard) wrote a pretty good zombie book but can’t remember the title. Will have to read this one soon, since it may be coming to Redbox quicker than its makers might like.


14 posted on 05/01/2013 10:08:11 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: tumblindice

Sorry about double. Zombie Kindle.....


15 posted on 05/01/2013 10:09:04 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I’ve never understood the Walking Dead phenom. The zombies are slow and stupid. Since caveman days, the one thing humans know how to kill is anything that is slow and stupid, by using standoff weapons, as well as anything that is strong and fast, by trapping it with bait. And yet the humans in Walking Dead cower in their dwellings instead of manufacturing more standoff weapons and digging pits to trap the zombies. Every time they encounter zombies, they always run out of ammo, when they should have bags of arrows on hand at all times. The only way Walking Dead makes sense is if all of the characters were developmentally disabled, or the zombies were replaced with lions or bears.


16 posted on 05/01/2013 10:11:37 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: samsmom

That is good. I hate it when they do that!


17 posted on 05/01/2013 10:23:18 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: null and void

absolutely. I can’t wait.


18 posted on 05/01/2013 10:28:39 PM PDT by RC one
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To: Zhang Fei
The only way Walking Dead makes sense

I like zombie movies as much as the next guy, but if they made sense, they wouldn't be a zombie movie.

Characters in a zombie movie never realize time is on their side. Just barricade yourself in a grocery store, and eat canned food for a couple of months, while the undead decompose outside. Then, after a couple of months, go outside. Presto, problem gone. Of course, that would make one of the worst movies ever, so they have to make the characters do frustratingly irritating things like leave their safe place in order to go drive to the next city, or check on Uncle Ned, or something where they call attention to themselves and then get killed.

19 posted on 05/01/2013 10:47:05 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: MinorityRepublican

If they want it to succeed, they need to hire Bruce Campbell.


20 posted on 05/01/2013 10:49:16 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Like the movies about aliens invading earth for the water.... do they not know how much water ice there is in the asteroids, comets and other planets? Why fight a war for it when we couldn’t possibly put up a defense?


21 posted on 05/01/2013 10:49:22 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Darren McCarty
If they want it to succeed, they need to hire Bruce Campbell.

Hail to the king, baby.

22 posted on 05/01/2013 10:58:25 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: MinorityRepublican
Sounds like this article is more about promotional heads up to the public that the movie is being shot and will be coming out.

Anyone that has worked in Hollywood realizes one of two things. One that few productions anymore are tightly shot on time and budget—especially the larger the list star or perceived audience demand.

Secondarily most all film adaptations are rewritten by a MULTITUDE of the best talent of writers in Hollywood. Akin to ‘everyone has taken a stab at it.” I once worked on a major adaptation written by one of the best novelists of all time (who was still alive at the time) and there were at least three of the top screenwriters in LA that were locked away to do a rewrite on each others job (simultaneously of course--but not always haha) It took years to get just the script in a state for shooting.

Usually non logical endings are clear in the writing. So guess no one really bothered to truly look AT and READ the script until after the film was edited. lol.

Like I said no new news here. Tells you one of the reasons film are so long now and the budgets are astronomical.

23 posted on 05/01/2013 11:32:37 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: MinorityRepublican

It sounds like another Waterworld.


24 posted on 05/01/2013 11:41:07 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Vince Ferrer
"If they want it to succeed, they need to hire Bruce Campbell. Hail to the king, baby."


25 posted on 05/02/2013 2:36:07 AM PDT by CapnJack
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To: null and void; All

There are several good books in the genre, D.J. Molles in particular are excellent...
I never thought I would get into these kinds of books, but I have read probably 20 of them so far...


26 posted on 05/02/2013 2:57:51 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: MinorityRepublican

Should have been a mini series, but no Brad Pitt wanted an action movie that bearded little resemblance to the book.


27 posted on 05/02/2013 3:58:49 AM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: erod

Beared=bears, stupid auto correct!


28 posted on 05/02/2013 4:01:25 AM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: null and void

Really liked the book too. But this movie is apparently nowhere near the book. In the book, the pandemic gets a slow start and takes over a year to develop. In this movie, it literally seems to happen overnight. Also, the book is told from the perspectives of many different people after the war is effectively over. In the movie, its a “wise” UN bureaucrat who saves the world. Please......

I’ll probably see it anyway. But my expectations are very, very low.


29 posted on 05/02/2013 4:10:17 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: Zhang Fei

Yeah and not a one of them has figured out that a silenced 22 makes a whole lot more sense than a 44 magnum or crossbow.


30 posted on 05/02/2013 4:15:53 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: MinorityRepublican


31 posted on 05/02/2013 4:29:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: glorgau
Yeah and not a one of them has figured out that a silenced 22 makes a whole lot more sense than a 44 magnum or crossbow.

It goes beyond that. What about armor or shields? It seems to me that they could encase themselves in armor from head to toe. Given that the opposition's weapons are limited to hands and teeth, heavily padded clothing would constitute effective body armor. Instead of knives, they should have spears or swords. For a serious number of humans to succumb to the zombies, they need to be candidates for the short bus. It's pretty obvious that the humans on the show have also been infected, but with a virus that makes them stupid.

32 posted on 05/02/2013 4:56:58 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

In the comics, the characters evolve with the way they dispatch the walkers - they make choke points and dig trenches with spikes at the bottom, etc. Towards issue 100 or so, Rick comments that killing the walkers is much easier than dealing with regular people.


33 posted on 05/02/2013 5:52:50 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around.")
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To: rbg81

I found the book to be loaded with practical “take-aways” on how to survive a societal collapse. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and many parts of it still come to mind today.

Particularly the story of the family that went north to camp in the woods and ride out the winter. How it was a great little community of people just camping out, but then more and more came and the problems got worse because none were prepared to survive. After, she comments on the sponge-bob sleeping bag frozen under the ice and says something like “What were these parents thinking? What was the cold-rating on this sleeping bag...a heated living room sleepover?”


34 posted on 05/02/2013 5:59:13 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around.")
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To: MinorityRepublican

Incoherence?

That hasn’t stopped many other movies from being produced.

Many start out sensible, but turn to the ridiculous about half-way through.

Of course, Hollywood only has so many scripts that they revise and rename.


35 posted on 05/02/2013 5:59:44 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Zhang Fei
I’ve never understood the Walking Dead phenom.

Shhhhhh. It is just a soap opera with zombies as a backdrop to make it appeal to a male audience.


36 posted on 05/02/2013 6:01:31 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: MinorityRepublican

Why not a techno thriller that allows the last christian holdouts left on earth that have taken refuge underground in Antarctica for several decades and chance upon secret Third Reich weapons so far advanced many speculated Hitler gained some form of alien technology.

And these last Christians on earth battle an Islamic domination globally, they program a nanobot that targets Moslems first off, the device causes any person praying certain Islamic phrases to go into a 3 day coma. That is just a warning.

Any moslem screaming “All our snackbars” or similar wordage has an immediate and uncontrollable heavy dose of diarrhea.

A black hole develops at Mecca and it basically disappears.
And then eventually billions of robotic insects fly around globally everywhere looking for any words about Islam and then attack by burrowing into the persons skull and exploding.

Islam dies along with about a billion people, peace then develops, mankind is free again.


37 posted on 05/02/2013 6:06:24 AM PDT by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors.)
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To: wyowolf

Thanks, I’ll check out D.J. Molles.


38 posted on 05/02/2013 7:14:54 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: rbg81

That’s disappointing.


39 posted on 05/02/2013 7:16:13 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: Zhang Fei

And don’t forget the “treadmill defense” - you can use them to power generators at the same time.


40 posted on 05/02/2013 7:20:10 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Spartan302

Sounds like a good plot for a novel.

I seem to remember reading some novel where a particular strain of ebola was made that affected those of middle eastern descent.


41 posted on 05/02/2013 7:23:43 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MinorityRepublican
At Nully's request.

The interview had been going well. Finally my interviewer got to the part that signaled he had no more questions. The signal doesn’t vary much from company to company. “Well,” he said, “that’s all the questions I have for you. Do you have any for me?”

I have a pretty good set of questions I usually ask to let him know I was paying attention and really care about the job. Usually I already know the answer but asking the question is important. In this case I really did have a question about something that had piqued my curiosity.

“That office over there,” I nodded my head to my left, his right, “I haven’t seen anyone go in or out since I’ve been here. What’s it used for?”

“Oh, people don’t go in there. That’s where we keep the zombie coders.”

“Zombie coders?” My poker face was nowhere to be found. “You have zombies in there?”

“Oh, yeah.” He said. “They’re great. Their code is as good as we ever got from people. They don’t mind working long, hard hours, and we don’t have to pay them a thing.”

“But, I thought zombies were dangerous.” I was making sure I knew where the exits were.

“Oh, not if you feed them well,” he assured me. “They really don’t have any interest in coming out of that room. The only reason they would is if they got hungry. We haven’t ever had a problem with that. They don’t even get noisy any more, although in the early days the sounds coming through the door would tell us they were hungry.”

“But, how can you feed them if...”

“Shh,” he interrupted me, “you’re just in time. Just watch.”

At that point a man came into the room and said, “Did someone order pizza?” My host pointed to the door and the pizza man said, “Thanks.” Then he opened the door. Immediately he was snatched and I heard the first part of a scream before the door shut behind him and muffled the sound of rending flesh. Nobody else in the room even looked up.

“Delivery guys are our salvation. There are way too many of them in this city anyway. Nobody cares when one goes missing. And there are plenty of food places around here so we can order delivery for over 3 months before we have to repeat. It’s a really sweet setup.”

I’m not sure what he was reading in my face at this point, but I noticed more movement by that door. A man in a suit and tie knocked on the door and said, “OK, guys, status time.” Then he opened the door and went in. I cringed waiting for the sounds I had heard from the pizza guy, but was surprised when nothing happened. A few minutes later the door opened and the man in the suit came out. “Thanks, guys. See you tomorrow,” he said.

“How did he do that?” I asked, my eyes surely as round as saucers at this point.

“Oh, that was the project manager. He was never in any danger. The zombies only eat brains.”

42 posted on 05/02/2013 11:57:40 AM PDT by ArGee (I wanted to be alone with my thoughts, but they stood me up.)
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To: Zhang Fei
What about armor or shields?

In the novel they actually do come up with anti-bite suits. It's a really good treatment, much more sophisticated than Brooks' previous campy Zombie Survival Guide. Hollywood will butcher it, naturally.

The difficulty is that the book is about a UN author looking back on the 10-year zombie war and getting oral testimony from sundry combatants. The war isn't over at that point. Iceland is still lost and children have to be taught "not to play near lakes" because now and then a zombie will emerge. You could end the film that way if you wanted a great horror flick, but not if you're after a "Brad Pitt saves the world" shootemup adventure flick, which is apparently what they're trying to do. The book was simply much, much better than that.

43 posted on 05/02/2013 12:08:54 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MinorityRepublican

z


44 posted on 05/02/2013 12:29:45 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: null and void

Battle of Yonkers was just an overwhelming tide, the army hasn’t figured out the kill shot to the head. There were sword wielding soldiers in the book, can’t picture how they’d succeed against swarm. Walking Dead has it right. May skip World Z. Such a great book, so many compelling vignettes, and looks like Hollywood blew it.


45 posted on 05/02/2013 7:58:55 PM PDT by samsmom
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