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It was a good weekend for Disney/Pixar and Brad Pitt. “Monsters University”, which features the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, topped the box office with $82 million, for the studio’s biggest opening since “Toy Story 3”. Marc Forster’s zombie film “World War Z” starring Brad Pitt shattered expectations, earning $66 million to take second while Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” tumbled to take $41.2 million in its second weekend.

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Tow big releases face off against “Man of Steel”. Marc Forster’s and Brad Pitt’s troubled zombie film “World War Z” finally hits theaters while Disney/Pixar goes back to the well again with “Monsters University” featuring John Goodman and Billy Crystal. Which film will come out on top?

The Pixar brand has taken a hit lately. After the masterpiece that was “Toy Story 3” we got “Cars 2” and the disappointing “Brave”. Now comes “Monsters University”, a prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” That movie is considered one of Pixar’s better movies. But prequels are inherently unnecessary .We already know Mike and Sully become best friends. And, as I’ve written before, without Boo, I think you take away the catalyst to the first movie’s charm. Reviews have been OK, but not great and with “Despicable Me 2” looming, one has to wonder if this will fail to reach the heights of other Pixar films. Opening weekend, however, should be strong.

Opening weekend: $75-80 million

“World War Z” has had such a troubled past with various rewrites and reshooting the third act. But reviews have been surprisingly decent and the trailers play up the end of the world aspect instead of the zombies. Brad Pitt is a big star, but “Inglourious Basterds” was the last film he was in that opened to more than $20 million, and he was really part of an ensemble. The film should battle it out with “Man of Steel” for second place.

Opening weekend: $45-50 million

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Brad Pitt attended a special screening of “World War Z” in New Jersey. The film, directed by Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace”) has had its fair share of stories about production problems.

“If you’ve heard any of the production problems the film has had, don’t believe the hype: World War Z isn’t a disaster. But as a disaster movie, it’s actually pretty good,” Pitt told the crowd.

And reactions? ScreenCrush described the film as a “crowd pleaser” so maybe this zombie movie won’t be such a disaster as we thought?

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Pretty much ever since Marc Forster came aboard to direct “World War Z”, problems have ensued. And while Forster and star Brad Pitt don’t share anything particularly surprising, there’s a few other interviews in a piece by Vanity Fair that makes it a must read. You can check it out here. Writer Damon Lindelof, who rewrote the entire third act is one of the people interviewed. There’s stuff about shooting an entire action scene in Russia when no one felt it was right for the film, millions of dollars in debt went unpaid because of lost forms and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

New “World War Z” trailer

Here’s the new trailer for “World War Z” starring Brad Pitt.

Based on the novel by Max Brooks, Marc Forster (“Monster’s Ball”, “Quantum of Solace”) is directing.

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“World War Z” trailer

The trailer for Marc Forster’s troubled “World War Z” is here. And it looks…disappointing.

The film stars Brad Pitt. It appears the structure of the novel has been ditched in favor of the typical man trying to save his family. Though, I do like the aspect of zombies working together, it just seems all too…traditional. Take away the title and what are you left with? The same zombie movie made a million times over.

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Reportedly there have been numerous problems from the script to star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster not talking. The film’s been delayed. The story’s been changed. But, for better or worse, here’s your first look at “World War Z”. Unfortunately, the ET person talks through all of the footage. But, let’s just say there’s lots of zombies.

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Considering all the bad press  coming out about “World War Z”, including supposed bad blood between Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster, this comes as a big surprise. Disney is looking to Forster to helm “Imagining Nathan”. Here’s the concept from cinemablend.com:

“The story centers on the eponymous Nathan, who escapes into a self-created world of fantasy at the age of six when his parents are killed. But rather than being a tale of a child coping with loss, the story flashes forward 30 years, with Nathan diagnosed with a peculiar affliction that makes him see the world as a cartoon. A condition his sister hopes to help him overcome by confronting his inner demons.”

This is a heck of a lot darker than Disney films these days, though it could be a nice nod back to the older Disney films, which dealt with serious issues like abandonment and death. This sounds like a big project and, considering that Forster seems to be losing control of “World War Z” and coming off the bomb “John Carter”, I’m shocked Disney would look Forster’s way.

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Two of the biggest Hollywood productions coming up were ones I had high hopes for. Keanu Reeves is starring in a samurai epic “47 Ronin” while Brad Pitt stars in “World War Z”. Now, it seems both projects are doomed.

News from “47 Ronin” is that director Carl Rinsch has been locked out of the editing room and that Universal is taking over the production. Rinsch just finished reshoots, which included completely reshooting the FINAL BATTLE to put more of a focus on Reeves’ character. And, not to mention, Universal has cut staff and is only moving forward with visual effects on scenes they know for sure are making the final cut. Sounds like an utter disaster right? I mean, reshooting or adding in key scenes to try and put more of a focus on Reeves? Changing the final battle? Doesn’t sound promising.

“World War Z” has had its fair share of public problems, from completely changing the ending MULTIPLE TIMES during production to feuds with Pitt and director Marc Forster. The question is which can be saved?

The simple answer is no. These both sound like utter disasters. But, if I had to choose one, I’d say “47 Ronin” because maybe it can still be a mildly enjoying, visually beautiful film.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

This is a troubling trend lately. From Keanu Reeves Samurai epic “47 Ronin” to “World War Z”, some big budget films have delayed their releases significantly to do a lot of reshoots. Which project should we be worried about the most?

I’m looking at just a few big projects announcing major delays for reshoots: “47 Ronin”, “World War Z”, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Hansel and Gretel”.

Of these projects, I’m least worried about “Hansel and Gretel” starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. That may only be because we haven’t seen any footage, but it’s hard for me to say the movie’s screwed before anything from the film even comes out. Still, the fact that it did get delayed and we still haven’t seen any real footage is a little worrisome.

Next on the list is “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”. It was delayed for two reasons: to post convert it into 3D and to *SPOILER* add more scenes with Channing Tatum who was to be killed off in the original cut really early. Here’s my problem. By giving Tatum more scenes, aren’t you sort of changing the dynamic of the rest of the film? I mean, they’d have to do a lot of reshoots because Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the new crew obviously went about their business without Tatum in the original cut. What do you do know if you extend his screen time or even let him live throughout the film as well? That being said, I don’t think anyone’s expectations were very high to begin with and the trailer did make the film look fun. So, perhaps it can still be enjoyable mindless entertainment.

Now we get into the worrisome projects. I’m a huge Keanu Reeves fan. I loved “The Matrix” trilogy. I loved “Constantine”. I loved “Speed”. Heck, I even enjoyed “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”. But,  “47 Ronin” looks doomed. First-time director Carl Rinsh apparently failed to film the climatic battle scenes up to the studio’s standards, so they’re reshooting them with him under supervision. Not a good sign. Also, they are reshooting scenes so Reeve’s romance in the film is played up. Sounds like a wildly uneven film that will be a mess rather than an epic film.

But, that pales in comparison to “World War Z”. On paper, this sounded good. Great book adapted into a film starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster. Of course, now, there are problems between Pitt and Forster and the studio is bringing in writers to rewrite the WHOLE THIRD ACT. This is after you already fundamentally changed the plot. So…basically…this film looks more dead than the zombies in it.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.