The long-awaited film adaptation of World War Z has struggled through production, which is set to become all the more hindered in light of recent reports. Rumor has it, Brad Pitt is no longer speaking with the film’s director, Marc Forster.
The rumor goes like this: Apparently, 48-year-old Pitt, whose Plan B production company is behind the World War Z adaptation, is not on speaking terms with director Marc Forster, even though his company lobbied to get Forster in the director’s chair, reports Us Weekly. So what happened? Sources say merely that the falling-out comes thanks to a “combination of scheduling, script, and directorial problems,” and that, “Things got so bad that when Forster had notes on a scene for Pitt, they had to be relayed through an intermediary — and vice versa,” reports the Huffington Post.
This isn’t even the latest problem for World War Z. Taking cues from the legendarily grueling production of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, to say the film is struggling is an understatement. It’s release date got pushed from December to June 2013 for starters. Then, LOST‘s Damon Lindelof was reportedly brought in at the start of June to re-write the ending, precluding several weeks of re-shoots to take place in the fall. Then Cabin in the Woods‘ Drew Goddard came in for re-writes. Lindelof returned to assist, but remarked that “the script needed months of work, not days.”
Christopher McQuarrie might get a shot at a re-write soon as well, reports Perez Hilton.
If you don’t recognize the name of director Marc Forster, you might remember his last big-screen blockbuster, Quantum of Solace, otherwise known as “The Bond-flick that was alright, but not nearly as good as Casino Royale.” That was another rushed and troubled production, and boy did it show in the final film. “On ‘Quantum’ we were f-cked,” Bond star Daniel Craig recalled about the film. “We had the bare bones of a script and then there was a writers’ strike and there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t employ a writer to finish it.”
So is World War Z “f-cked” as well? Should Brad Pitt just hang it up?