Max Brook’s pseudo-realistic novel ‘World War Z’ is one of my favorite novels of the past decade and definitely the best one about zombies. I’ve been looking forward to the film adaptation for quite some time… but now I fear that something may be horribly wrong with it.
The adaptation, which stars Brad Pitt in the lead role as a U.N. rep who’s trying to find a cure for a zombie infection, was originally slated to release December 21st of this year. Then it got pushed back to June 21, 2013. Now, even though filming has been wrapped for months, Blastr is reporting that everyone has been called back to Budapest for seven more weeks of reshoots.
Let that sink in a minute. Seven bloody weeks! No movie goes back for seven weeks of reshoots unless something went horribly wrong in the editing room. Reshoots are pretty much the norm but usually they last for a few days to get some pick-up scenes. With a number like seven weeks, one can’t help but think that ‘World War Z’ has some major issues.
Along with the announcement, no word was given as to the reasoning behind the reshoots. Maybe it has something to do with some 3D scenes or conversion, as was the original excuse with the recently delay on ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’. I surely hope so because ‘World War Z’ has such potential to be an epic movie that transcends the usual horror/zombie fare. Even director Marc Forster (‘Quantum of Solace’) has plans to turn the book into a trilogy of films.
Let’s hope that these reshoots have a good reason at that whenever ‘World War Z’ finally hits theaters, that it will live up to the awesome level of the book on which it is based.