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World War Z 2 Looks To Wipe The Slate Clean

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Brad Pitt in a HallwayWorld War Z was a movie that had a lot of problems during production, including scrapping the entire final act and reshooting it much later (by the end the budget ballooned to $200 million). The troubles were so pronounced that I was surprised by how well it turned out and how much I enjoyed it. (It still has some issues, but overall it isn’t a bad time.) A huge box office smash, a sequel was the obvious next step, and according to the writer, it sounds like they’re trying to get all the kinks worked out before hand.

Steven Knight had a solid year last year, writing and making his feature directing debut with the Tom-Hardy-in-a-car drama Locke, as well as continuing his old timey crime saga Peaky Blinders. Though he’s never really worked in horror before, the idea of him turning his eyes toward World War Z 2 is intriguing and exciting. Talking to Indiewire, the Eastern Promises scribe discussed writing the treatment and indicated that the follow up is something of a do-over.

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Cross The Streams: World War Z, Doctor Who, And Blade Runner

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It’s hot, guys. Therefore, instead of sticking around trying to introduce this column like a genial professional, I’m going to stand under a cold shower while wearing ice overalls. Sorry for the visual, but this giant list of streaming releases should earn me some forgiveness.

Here’s what’s new in streaming science fiction!

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world war zWorld War Z (Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime)
Brad Pitt, millions of CGI-enhanced zombies, and a complete disregard for Max Brooks’ novel of the same name. That, in a nutshell, is Marc Forster’s somewhat surprising blockbuster World War Z. I mean, you could also talk about all the production problems and the bloated budget, but it’s not necessary. It’s a pretty awesome action movie, though there’s not a lot going on around the action. If you really want your undead fix, you can watch the unrated version on Netflix.

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World War Z 2 Hunts Down A Knightly Screenwriter For Brad Pitt’s Return

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world war zRegardless of how big a pain in the ass World War Z was for Paramount, Skydance, and director Marc Forster, the flick’s $540 million global take made a sequel almost inevitable. World War Z 2 has had a director for some months now, and we’ve been absolutely clueless as to who would takeover the storytelling duties for what will presumably be a massive follow-up. Surprisingly enough, the studios have landed on British writer/director/indie king Steven Knight, perhaps best known for penning the Oscar-nominated script for the excellent 2002 thriller Dirty Pretty Things. Does this mean we can expect less CGI destruction and more close-quarters, character-driven plotting?

The news was reported by Variety, who also added the very important reminder that Brad Pitt is still on board to reprise his role of United Nations badass Gerry Lane. (That guy is having the worst days.) But it’s absolutely possible that the film won’t even be centered on Lane’s story if Pitt does indeed star. Interestingly enough, Pitt was recently attached to a WWII romantic drama that Knight also wrote. Perhaps the two bonded and discussed other ways to tell a story in a world with barely any metropolitan cities left zombie-free.

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Science Fiction’s Most Memorable Moments Of 2013 – Rudie’s Picks

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With 2013 in its final hours, we decided to look back on the year that was, and remember the moments from science fiction TV and television that really stuck with us, that we’ll still be thinking of years from now. Needless to say…

SPOILERS BELOW!

InterstellarInterstellar’s Teaser Trailer
A few weeks ago, we got the chance to see the new teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar. While it didn’t show off much in the way of footage, it did instill a sense of urgency and wonder. Matthew McConaughey’s delivery of Christopher and Jonathan Nolan’s words is inspiring and creates a great sense of the future and who we are as the human species. There’s just something about pointing out this nation’s lack of interest when it comes to space exploration that woke something inside of me.

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The World War Z Sequel Finds A Director Who Isn’t Afraid Of Massive Destruction

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brad pitt world war zWe were as surprised as everyone else when Marc Forster’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ zombie novel World War Z wasn’t terrible, not to mention the fact that it was a massive worldwide hit. Not only did the source material appear unfilmable, but the production encountered huge problems, especially with the third act, which was rewritten multiple times by multiple big name screenwriters. One thing we learned after the film underwent seven weeks works of reshoots is that movie audiences really like to watch Brad Pitt run away from things. They like it so much so much, in fact, that there was almost immediate talk of a sequel. Today brings news that reinforces the fact that we will indeed see World War Z 2, the film has now hired director Juan Antonio Bayona to helm the follow-up.

We knew that Forster had no intention of coming back for the further adventures of Brad Pitt versus the undead, he made that clear a while back. After all, it sounded like the gig sucked real bad the first time around. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount and Skydance Productions have tapped Bayona, who directed 2011’s tsunami drama The Impossible, and the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror joint The Orphanage in 2008. He has a sharp cinematic eye, and is equally adept at big spectacle moments as with tender touches that will go to work on your tear ducts.

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World War Z VFX Breakdown How It Should Have Ended Video

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With so many horror (no pun intended) stories coming out of the production of World War Z this year, it was completely surprising that the film turned out to be half-way decent. Late in production, the film’s entire third act had to be rewritten and reworked. Screenwriters Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard were brought in to fix World War Z‘s problems. Luckily, the new ending worked well and World War Z went on to gross $540 million worldwide. Now that you know how the film’s third act was fixed, the video above shows how the film’s visual effects help sell the filmmakers’ vision of a chaotic zombie apocalypse.

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