It appears as though Paramount’s World War Z is becoming one of the biggest production clusterf*ck in recent memory. After being rushed into production last summer with an unfinished script, the project has been plagued by so many issues that star Brad Pitt has reportedly stopped talking to director Marc Forster as the film is headed toward costly reshoots in Budapest.
Pitt and studio executives are reportedly not satisfied with how the large action set pieces turned out, which contributed to Paramount’s decision to delay the film’s release until summer 2013. More problematic are reports of internal strife as “There was nobody that steered the ship,” an unnamed source told THR. “When you get [a director] who can’t do it all … you get a struggle as to whose is the singular voice.”
The funny thing is that Paramount, which has already sunk $170 million to produce the film, had big reservations about letting Forster helm the movie. The director only other big-budget movie was the much-derided Quantum of Solace, which also had a notoriously troublesome shoot. But Pitt was dead set on bringing Forster to direct the adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed zombie novel and the studio gave in to the star’s demand.
And now Paramount has had to commission a horde of writers to salvage the movie with Prometheus scriptwriter Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) the latest brought in to fix the disastrous situation. But Vulture reports that the script needs “months of work, not days” and that all changes would have to be approved by Pitt.
So will the movie even make its June 2013 release date? Things don’t look too promising at this point. And with all the bad publicity the project is getting at this point, will the final product even be worth it?