Category: plan b

Walden, Universal partner on Zamperini pic

Walden Media has partnered with Universal Pictures to bring the Lou Zamperini story to the screen after 55 years in development.
Walden announced its involvement Thursday. Universal originally began development of the Zamperini story in 1956 but wasn’t ever able to bring the pic to the big screen.

Project was dubbed “Iron Man” at that point, a nickname given Zamperini for withstanding torture during his internment by a vicious guard nicknamed “The Bird.” In 2003, Brad Pitt’s Plan B came on produce with Universal and Cage’s Saturn Films on “Lou Zamperini” and attached Antoine Fuqua to direct.

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Back to Malta soon?

Hollywood star Brad Pitt is expected back in Malta for the filming of the Paramount zombie blockbuster World War Z, with shooting starting next month for about three weeks.

Cinema industry sources said the American actor was likely to have his star-studded family in tow. He should be accompanied by the equally celebrated actress Angelina Jolie. Labelled the sexiest stars in film history and attracting major global media attention, the couple has six adopted and biological children.

Brad Pitt was last in Malta in 2003 for the filming of the ancient epic Troy in which he played the mightiest of the Greeks, Achilles. This time round, he is a United Nations worker and father of two girls in the big-budget movie he is also producing.

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First co-star World War Z

Mireille Enos, the star of AMC’s new crime drama “The Killing,” is leaping into features, nabbing the role of Brad Pitt’s wife in “World War Z,” an adaptation of Max Brooks’ globe-spanning zombie novel.

Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace”) is directing the big-budget Paramount movie. Shooting is scheduled to begin in June in London, Malta and other locales around the world.

The novel is set 10 years after a global zombie epidemic, and is an oral history told from many perspectives around the world. Pitt, who is also producing, will play a U.N. worker. Enos would play his wife, a mother of two girls.

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Brad confirmed for World War Z

While chatting up “World War Z” author Max Brooks at the booth for comic publisher Avatar Press, the writer confirmed to MTV News that the adaption of his novel about the zombie apocalypse is not only moving forward, but Brad Pitt is now officially attached to star in the film. Additionally, Brooks revealed that Paramount has optioned the movie rights to two more of his projects: “The Zombie Survival Guide” and “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks” graphic novel.

Pitt’s production company Plan B Entertainment first secured the rights to “World War Z” back in 2007 after a bidding war with Leonardo DiCaprio’s company, Appian Way. The actor has long been rumored as a potential lead for the film, but Brooks received the call confirming Pitt’s attachment (and the other “Survival Guide” deals) while signing copies of the books at the Avatar booth tonight (Wednesday, July 21) during Preview Night at Comic-Con.

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World War Z Prepares for Production Start at Elstree Studios

Paramount Pictures’ World War Z keeps inching towards production with news that director of photography Robert Richardson is currently prepping the movie at Elstree Studios in London.

A few weeks ago, we reported that Paramount was seeking another financial backer to share the $125 million production cost. A week after that news hit, we reported that David Ellison and his Skydance Productions company were in talks to co-finance World War Z. It isn’t known if a deal was actually made between Skydance and Paramount, but with the director of photography already starting his prep work, it seems certain World War Z is moving in the right direction. That report indicated a June production start is being targeted by the filmmakers.

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WORLD WAR Z Still Alive with Brad Pitt

The film adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel by The Zombie Survival Guide mastermind Max Brooks is indeed still alive with three co-financiers ready to help resurrect the massive project.

Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Quantum of Solace) has been attached to direct World War Z with Brad Pitt to play the leading role of a journalist interviewing those affected by the zombie apocalypse that has engulfed earth after an outbreak has ravaged the world. The novel plays out as a factual account of the zombie war, which details various survivors and their experiences in different parts of the world with the outbreak and fallout.

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World war Z doomed?

Last July we found out that Brad Pitt would lead the adaptation of Max Brooks global apocalypse book World War Z, and shortly thereafter a leaked Paramount e-mail confirmed the project’s priority status. However, it’s been about nine months since the, and no development seems to have surfaced. Now Vulture says that’s because Paramount is having some trouble finding a co-financier to help fund the film’s $125 million+ budget. But the worst part is that unless someone steps up to the plate, the adaptation from Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) could end up dead in the water. Anyone have millions of dollars lying around?
Thankfully, frequent funding friend David Ellison (of Oracle Corp.) might be part of an eleventh hour effort to get the film off the ground. Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman says, “We’re really committed to making a big, kick-ass giant movie with Marc Forster and Brad Pitt.” Though studios have had trouble with high profile, high concept properties recently (see Universal’s misstep with At the Mountains of Madness), this one seems like less of a problem considering Forster has already agreed to a PG-13 version of the story.

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