Release Date: June 21, 2013 Studio: Paramount Pictures Director: Marc Forster Screenwriter: J. Michael Straczynski, Michael Carnahan Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Julia Levy-Boeken, Bryan Cranston, Danielle Kertesz, Matthew Fox, David Morse MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense frightening zombie sequences, violence and disturbing images)
Based on Max Brooks’ best-selling novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. This weekend, two more titles were added, well, three depending on how you look at it.
Paramount’s World War Z sequel takes another baby step forward. A few months ago, J.A. Bayona was attached to direct for the studio. The director took to Twitter a few weeks back and shared a photo of the Paramount lot – he alluded to something about “meeting about zombies” indicating that the film was alive and well.
Today, Variety reports that Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the follow-up to last summer’s hit.
The “little” film that could, World War Z, faced an uphill battle getting the screen, spending millions, experiencing rewrites and multiple endings. But guess what? It made a ton of money and now Paramount wants a sequel.
We’ve known one was in the works and, today, Paramount Pictures has hired The Impossible and The Orphanage helmer Juan Antonio Bayona to direct the sequel, says The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s all zombies, all the time on this week’s episode of The Bloodcast!
With the arrival of World War Z this year – the biggest commitment Hollywood has ever made to a zombie film – it’s “success” and the ever-thriving brand known as The Walking Dead, it doesn’t look like zombie entertainment is slowing down.
But is anyone bringing anything new to the table? Does the sub-genre have anything left to say? Bloodcast hosts Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe attempt to sort it all out. Also, cosplay, birthdays, cannibals and more await you in this episode!
Listen in using the player after the jump or visit iTunes to download the latest episode!
Hitting DVD and Blu-ray today, director Marc Forster’s World War Z is coming off an incredibly successful box office run with total worldwide grosses in excess of $535 million. In its home video format, the film has something brand new to offer fans who caught it in theaters: an unrated cut of the zombie epic. In a new interview with ShockTillYouDrop.com, Forster talks about his first foray into the horror genre and what fans should expect from his “more intense” cut of the film.
Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse, World War Z is based on Max Brooks’ bestselling novel of the same name and follows Pitt’s Gerry Lane, a man working for the United Nations and racing against time to stop a pandemic that threatens to eradicate all life on Earth.
In the interview inside, Forster discusses building both cuts of the film, balancing action and exposition and the reactions he’s seen from audiences on a global scale.
ShockTillYouDrop.com has your exclusive first look at a clip from the iTunes Extras for World War Z, available as a digital download on Tuesday, September 10th and on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, September 17th.
The Blu-ray combo pack of the film will feature an unrated cut of the movie and some exclusive bonus features including:
“Origins” — The filmmakers discuss collaborating with renowned actor/producer Brad Pitt to create a zombie film the likes of which have never been seen.
“Looking to Science” — Explore the scientific realities of zombie behavior in nature and learn more about zombies in literature and film.
“Outbreak” — Go on set with Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster for a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia.
“The Journey Begins” — Delve deeper into Gerry’s fight for survival during the dramatic escape in South Korea.
“Behind the Wall” — Explore the epic scene in Jerusalem and discover the incredible logistics of creating the elaborate stunts and crowd sequences.
“Camouflage” — Experience the final confrontation between Gerry and the zombies and discover the phenomenal scope of the film’s production.
Variety caught up to Brad Pitt at the Toronto International Film Festival and got some quotes from the man about World War Z 2.
Before the release of World War Z, Pitt hinted that the film could pave the way for a trilogy. To date, the film has made over $500 million – not too shabby for a zombie epic that was receiving a lot of negative buzz based on the film’s production troubles.
Needless to say, based on those numbers, a sequel is likely and Pitt seems hopeful one is going to happen.