After directing several critically acclaimed films and even a James Bond movie, director Marc Forster is now taking on the zombie apocalypse!
Forster first gained attention for his drama Monster’s Ball, which earned Halle Berry her Oscar for Best Actress. He followed that up with Finding Neverland, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and based on the life of author J.M. Barrie. He would go on to direct the popular Will Ferrell comedy Stranger Than Fiction, an adaption of the beloved novel The Kite Runner, and the true-life story Machine Gun Preacher, before taking on 007 with the box office smash Quantum of Solace, a sequel to Casino Royale once again starring Daniel Craig. But this summer the director turned his sights on zombies with his hit movie World War Z starring Brad Pitt, which will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning September 17th.
In the film, which is based on the popular book by Max Brooks, United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt) travels the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. In addition to Pitt (who also produced the film), the movie stars Mireille Enos (TV’s The Killing), James Badge Dale (The Lone Ranger), Matthew Fox (Emperor), and veteran actor David Morse (The Odd Life of Timothy Green). The film was based on the book of the same name and an original story created by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) and Michael J. Straczynski (TV’s Babylon 5), while Carnahan, Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), and Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) wrote the screenplay.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with director Marc Forster about his work on World War Z. The acclaimed filmmaker discussed his latest movie, what excited him about the project, why the film is so different than the book, adapting existing material into a new movie, working with the film’s writers, the project’s early bad press, how he dealt with it, why it happened, working with actor/producer Brad Pitt, his process as an actor, why the director likes the zombie genre, the look of the zombies in the film, fast vs. slow zombies, and if he will return to direct the proposed sequel.
With mere days until the biggest zombie movie ever attempted hits theaters on June 21st, Paramount has unveiled the fourth official clip from World War Z.
The next time you're sitting in traffic feeling your blood pressure rise, just remember that it could be worse. You could be stuck in traffic as a zombie onslaught takes over the whole planet.
That's what's happening in the latest clip from World War Z.
Like most of the promotion for next month's action-horror adventure, this clip eschews zombie tropes, opting against showing even a trace of the undead. Instead, we find Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos enjoying their idyllic life together, playing a happy guessing game with their adorable daughters and looking like a toothpaste commercial even as they sit in traffic.
Yo, where the zombies at?
A new poster for World War Z is making the rounds online thanks to Paramount Pictures. This latest look at the biggest, most expensive zombie movie ever made features not a single reanimated corpse, but instead gives us a slice of Brad Pitt's pretty profile and a sense of citywide collapse.
If you didn't know that World War Z is about a zombie pandemic, two new thirty-second TV spots for the adaptation might not clue you in.
There are several now familiar shots of digital undead hordes unstoppably piling on top of one another like fire ants, but that makes these zombies more of a blurry pileup. Given the current pop cultural saturation of skull-scrapers and the Z in the title, you could probably guess what's going on, but both spots are more focused on Brad Pitt, his onscreen family, and the civilization-crumbling effect of all those zombies.
Crisis Zero is impending, according to a new faux public service announcement promoting next month's World War Z.
Is World War Z is a zombie movie or a Brad Pitt movie?
According to a new international featurette promoting the upcoming event film, it's both. It's a Brad Pitt zombie movie.
Pandemic! Got that Pandemic!
Paramount Pictures has unveiled a new theatrical trailer and a pretty striking one sheet for World War Z, spraying some lighter fluid on the flames of hype for this very loose adaptation of the book by Max Brooks.
Opening in theaters on March 8th is the new World War II movie Emperor from director Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring). The film is based on a true story and features an excellent cast that includes Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive, Men in Black 3) as General Douglas MacArthur, and Matthew Fox (Alex Cross) as General Bonner Fellers.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the daunting task of sitting down with Oscar-winner Matthew Fox to talk about his work on Emperor. The popular actor discussed his new film, playing a historical character, the research he did into the life of General Bonner Fellers, his first reaction to reading the screenplay, collaborating with director Peter Webber to make the film as accurate as possible, how that attention to detail helped his performance, and working opposite legendary actor Tommy Lee Jones.
Opening in theaters on March 8th is the new World War II movie Emperor from director Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring). The film is based on a true story and features an excellent cast that includes Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive, Men in Black 3) as General Douglas MacArthur, and Matthew Fox (Alex Cross) as Bonner Fellers.
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the daunting task of sitting down with Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones to talk about his work on Emperor, as well as his upcoming directorial project The Homesman. The notoriously intimidating actor discussed his new film, playing a historical character, his research into the life of General Douglas MacArthur, what he learned that surprised him, working with filmmaker Peter Webber, his next directing project - The Homesman, what it is about, the challenge of finding good scripts, and why he doesn't choose favorites when it comes to looking back on his distinguished career.