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Brad Pitt Talks World War Z Follow Up

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With extensive rewrites and production problems, all eyes were on World War Z this summer and the smell of schadenfreude was in the air. But $535 million at the worldwide box office put to rest any concerns, and the once-cancelled sequel is now back on track, Brad Pitt recently told Variety.

“We’re certainly talking about it, yes,” the star said. “We have so many ideas on the table from the time we spent developing this thing and figuring out how the zombie worlds work. We gotta get the script right first to determine if we go further.”

World War Z was based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel detailing an apocalyptic war between humans and zombies. The script was written by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, and production setbacks infamously pushed the film’s release back seven months. Damon Lindelof was brought on to rewrite the third act, but without the time to finish it, Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard did the final draft.

The production troubles led to the cancellation of a sequel, despite the original vision of a trilogy. Now the talks are back on track with Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. Pitt discussed the sequels while at the Toronto Film Festival, there to publicise his upcoming historical drama 12 Years A Slave.

Steve McQueen’s slavery tale is set for release October 18.

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  • G said

    The thing about having Brad Pitt in WWZ is, once he’s in, you essentially double the cost of the movie. And considering he pretty much phones in he’s performance in WWZ, I’m left wondering… Did having Pitt in the movie double the quality of the movie?
    Or more importantly (for the producers), did he double the box office?
    I honestly don’t know.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      I quite liked his performance in WWZ. For me, the problem was with the final third, which felt like it was from a different, less interesting, movie. I would much rather have seen the giant Red Square battle bloodbath they originally filmed. That and more of the tone/ideas from the book.

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      • G said

        I thought he was an empty shell, but in his defense, the role didn’t really call for much emotion. There was no ‘down on your knees, reaching for heaven as the helicopter flies away’ moments in the movie.
        I have doubts that Pitt really brings anything to the franchise. The book was popular enough that you could have Thomas Jane (or someone else similar) in the lead, and still make a really good film that makes a ton of movie. Having Pitt in there means a 70 million dollar movie is now a 200 million dollar movie (its probably more now with all the problems with the production) Was it worth it

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