World War Z director Marc Forster will not be returning for the planned sequel, but Paramount Pictures has found someone to replace him.
It’s being reported that Juan Antonio Bayona, director of the Guillermo del Toro-produced Spanish horror flick The Orphanage and the tsunami drama The Impossible, has been brought in to replace Forster on the sequel.
Paramount will be releasing Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z, two of their major summer film offerings, as a double feature in theaters this week.
Starting this Friday, August 30th through Thursday, September 5th, both films will play together on 2D and RealD 3D screens in select AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Regal Cinemas, and other participating theaters nationwide.
Star Trek Into Darkness, written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, was directed by J.J. Abrams as his follow-up to his 2009 reboot, Star Trek, and has earned more than $450 million worldwide since its theatrical release in May. DVD and Blu-ray sets, including the Starfleet Phaser Limited Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack Gift Set, are available now for pre-order and will be released on September 10, 2013.
In case you haven’t heard, World War Z is one of the summer’s big hits. I’m a long time fan of the book by Max Brooks, though I’ve heard the movie adaptation is quite different. FamousMonster reviewed the movie here if you’d like more information about it. But this review is about World War Z: The Art of the Film. Sort of…
The biggest problem I faced upon trying to review this was the tremendous amount of non-art in the book. Yeah, it’s like half art, half script. What they should have called it was an illustrated screenplay. Also of note is the incessant need to caption (on the photos) almost every large shot. Actors, production assistants, waterboys, animators, carrier pigeons…they all got to leave a comment or three. Okay, I may be exaggerating, I didn’t see any comments from production assistants. But really, this “art” book is chock full of words! I wanted to look at pictures, not read! That would be like watching a movie and having to read the words at the bottom of the screen. Wait, they do that on foreign films? You are kidding? What will they think of next? Geez.
But seriously, all joking aside, I would have preferred a layout that consisted of behind the scenes pictures showing the development of the film from the drawings and storyboards to the final product. I only say that because that’s pretty much how the vast majority of these publications are set up. This one is more of a scene by scene disbursement of sketches and end result pictures. Not horrible, but awkward to flip through. My guess is they did it to support the screenplay being in the book.
Here’s a sizzling summer compendium of choice choices to whet ones literary appetite and quench one’s thirst for some great reads while lying on the beach, hanging in the park, or just chilling in one’s one geek sanctuary amidst a cool air conditioning on a plush Lay-Z-Boy. Many tomes of every stripe and style are included, ranging from movie tie-in books, Star Trek expanded universe (and Klingon language instruction!) novels, and a William Shakespeare re-imagining of Star Wars, to novels by horrormeisters Stephen King and Joe Hill, entries about peculiar children, zombies, scientology in Hollywood, to the latest offering from the incomparable Neil Gaiman and much more.
So check out our Summer 2013 Reading Recommendations here below for these great picks and get your minds and imagination in gear. – Stoogeypedia
World War Z Director: Marc Forster
Writer(s): Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox, David Morse Paramount Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 116 Minutes
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), World War Z is based on Max Brooks‘ 2006 novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.
The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a retired United Nations employee who must travel the world to find a way to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and collapsing governments.
As a novel, World War Z exists as a collection of individual accounts, wherein the author assumes the role of a member of the United Nations Postwar Commission one decade after the Zombie War. Passages record a decade-long war against zombies, as experienced by people of various nationalities. Personal accounts also describe the religious, geo-political, and environmental changes that resulted from the Zombie War.
As a film, World War Z focuses on the zombies themselves, human bodies reanimated by an incurable virus, devoid of intelligence and craving living flesh – and immortal unless the brain is destroyed, of course. After securing his wife (Mireille Enos) and kids on an aircraft carrier, Pitt’s character traverses the globe in search of a cure for the rabies-like infection that turns humans into ol’ Zeke.