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A box office apocalypse? Brad Pitt's $400m World War Z could become the most expensive flop..
UK Daily Mail ^ | May 23, 2013 | Hanna Flint

Posted on 05/23/2013 7:25:14 AM PDT by C19fan

World War Z could be the most expensive flop in cinematic history. Brad Pitt's zombie action flick has been mired by negative publicity concerning rewrites, re-shoots and an inexperienced creative team that has caused the film's budget to increase from $170million to a reported $400million. Based upon Max Brooks's science fiction novel, the film now has the biggest budget ever recorded.

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bradpitt; brooks; flop; horror; maxbrooks; pitt; scifi; worldwarz; wwz; zombies
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The original script was written by JM Straczynski who was the man behind Babylon 5.
1 posted on 05/23/2013 7:25:14 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Gee!...Who cares? His movie is the Pitts.


2 posted on 05/23/2013 7:26:39 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: C19fan
"You used Max Brooks??? I told you to use Mel Brooks!"
3 posted on 05/23/2013 7:26:50 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Undicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: C19fan
film's budget to increase from $170million to a reported $400million.

So who put up the money ?

4 posted on 05/23/2013 7:30:08 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Too bad it was done by Pitt...

It was a good book.


5 posted on 05/23/2013 7:31:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: C19fan

Waterworld
Ishtar
The Postman...


6 posted on 05/23/2013 7:33:39 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

Gigli


7 posted on 05/23/2013 7:36:06 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: C19fan

I’ve heard from a few in Hollywood that this movie is a bigger turd than Tom Cruise’s latest dog with range attempt at entertaining


8 posted on 05/23/2013 7:37:50 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: cuban leaf

Battlefield Earth


9 posted on 05/23/2013 7:39:23 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

YAWN , oh my more Zombies ,BRAINS BRAINS


10 posted on 05/23/2013 7:41:58 AM PDT by molson209
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To: cuban leaf

Waterworld and The Postman (award winning book) were sci fi as this this new one is. Ishtar maybe belongs with one you missed, Heavens Gate?


11 posted on 05/23/2013 7:44:47 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Battlefield Earth


Even though I am a huge science fiction fan, hearing this one was “really” bad, I avoided it until a couple years ago. I forced myself to sit through it. I could not believe just how bad it was. Unfortunately, it doesn’t hit that “so bad it’s good” sweet spot that Plan 9 From Outer Space did.

No other remotely big budget film that I can think of comes remotely close to this one in sheer badness. I did have a couple of LOL moments though and, yess, I mean laughing AT it.


12 posted on 05/23/2013 7:52:42 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Vendome

I’ve heard from a few in Hollywood that this movie is a bigger turd than Tom Cruise’s latest dog with range attempt at entertaining


Not having TV, I miss the release of a lot of movies. What movie are you talking about?


13 posted on 05/23/2013 7:53:40 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: wiggen

Well, I never saw Heaven’s gate. I just read a review. Looks like I did myself a huge favor. :-)


14 posted on 05/23/2013 7:54:24 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: C19fan; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

It’s the end of Z World!!!


15 posted on 05/23/2013 7:54:37 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: cuban leaf

Heavens’s Gate - which destroyed United Artists.


16 posted on 05/23/2013 7:56:03 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: UCANSEE2
>>film's budget to increase from $170million to a reported $400million.

So who put up the money ?

Knowing Hollywood, there is probably some "Obama money" in there someplace.


17 posted on 05/23/2013 7:56:45 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: wiggen

darn you beat me. I didn’t see your post but I immediately thought of Heaven’s Gate.


18 posted on 05/23/2013 7:57:13 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: cuban leaf

I would assume Oblivion.


19 posted on 05/23/2013 8:00:08 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: BipolarBob

Heavens’s Gate - which destroyed United Artists.


Seriously? That is amazing. After reading the review, It reminded me of one of those project that had no management or tracking. Only in the end do you find out you have been wasting yhour time for months because nobody had the guts to raise red flags along the way.

I’m still reminded of that scene in the Howard Hughs movie where Hughs goes into a hanger where his mechanic/engineer/inventor is refining the steam powered car. Hugh’s said he’s cancelling the project and the guy says, “but we’re almost there! I’ve put condensers in the doors, trunk, etc. and we think it will work.

At which point Hughs grabs this huge wrench and says, “this is a buick” and proceeds to throw it at the running steam car in the room. Steam everywhere. “We just cooked the passengers. The project is cancelled.”

That movie needed a Hughs.

Note: All my quotes are strictly from decades old memory.


20 posted on 05/23/2013 8:04:29 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: EEGator

I would assume Oblivion.

I heard about that one. It’s supposed to be quite spectacular. Heck, even Medved liked it.


21 posted on 05/23/2013 8:05:38 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: a fool in paradise

. . .and I feel fine. . .


22 posted on 05/23/2013 8:08:08 AM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: Vendome

“Oblivion” has made $260,000,000 million in the US and worldwide to date on a budget of $170,000,000.

Though not a hit of at the level of “Mission: Impossible,” it’ll be solidly in profit by the middle of summer.


23 posted on 05/23/2013 8:09:04 AM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: cuban leaf

I plan on checking it out when it’s released on Blu-Ray.


24 posted on 05/23/2013 8:11:13 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: cuban leaf

There’s was a book written about it. Changed Hollywood. they gave free reign to the director of the Deer Hunter because that had been such a huge hit. he rest is Hollywood history.


25 posted on 05/23/2013 8:14:37 AM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: max americana

Ping.


26 posted on 05/23/2013 8:21:53 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: cuban leaf

I liked The Postman.


27 posted on 05/23/2013 8:22:18 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: C19fan

>> caused the film’s budget to increase from $170million to a reported $400million

With budget busting experience like that under their belts, they should send their resumes to Treasury if they lose this gig.


28 posted on 05/23/2013 8:23:45 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: cuban leaf

I kinda liked waterworld.

I probably shouldn’t say that too loudly, should I.


29 posted on 05/23/2013 8:25:20 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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But in the six years since then, the film went through a complete rewrite by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) to make it fit into the action genre more readily.

There's your problem right there. It wasn't an action/adventure book. It was actually rather introspective in most places, and there wasn't a single outstanding hero or heroine in the thing - its premise was that this was how ordinary people dealt with the situation, how some became heroes and some did not; its structure was that of oral history, and it was necessarily episodic. Turning that into an action shoot-em-up with Bad Brad saving the world would be like turning Studs Terkel's The Good War into an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. What you get won't be anything like the original, and evidently it wasn't.

I'm not surprised that the ending was a problem. In the book the war wasn't even over yet. Time for a rewrite, a deft rearrangement of scenes, and a large write-off.

30 posted on 05/23/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MrB

I saw Pitt in Interview with a Vampire back in the ‘90s, thought he was excellent in it, looked forward to watching his career and his talent grow. Only the career grew.

The talent? I don’t think he has much. He’s just a puer, the eternal boy. What’s interesting about that? He cannot play mature roles.


31 posted on 05/23/2013 8:27:27 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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YAWN , oh my more Zombies ,BRAINS BRAINS

I don't get the fascination with zombies that people have.

Every zombie I have ever seen looks like death warmed over.

32 posted on 05/23/2013 8:30:09 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: ZX12R

Nothing better than a good zombie apocalypse movie. I’ll see it for sure, but not at the movies, or even pay-per-view. I’ll see it when I can get it at redbox for $1.50


33 posted on 05/23/2013 8:31:18 AM PDT by ZX12R (Never forget the heroes of Benghazi, who were abandoned to their deaths by Obama)
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To: molson209

34 posted on 05/23/2013 8:32:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Nervous Tick

I also like Postman and Waterworld


35 posted on 05/23/2013 8:39:13 AM PDT by RaginRak
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To: C19fan

When I used to have tv (before 1997) I considered Babylon 5 to be the best tv scince fiction series ever created. It had Larry Niven’s Kilrathi from Ringworld, for crying out loud. ;-)


36 posted on 05/23/2013 8:40:05 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: RaginRak

I also like Postman and Waterworld


I kinda do, to. But I like them in a way a person might like an edsel. They were not really monumentally bad like Battlefield Earth.

I’ve actually rented a lot of notoriously bad movies and thought, “maybe I’ll like this in a ‘Plan 9...’ sort of way.” I don’t do that any more. I finally figured out just how bad a big budget film can be, and the kind of bad they can be.

But both Waterworld and Postman can be interesting entertainment on a rainy saturday afternoon.


37 posted on 05/23/2013 8:43:37 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

I heard how bad waterworld was. When I finally watched it I liked it and watch it when I see it playing. Kind of a mad max on water. I guess movies are like types of food, what you like I may not and Vice-versa.


38 posted on 05/23/2013 8:45:01 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: Billthedrill

But in the six years since then, the film went through a complete rewrite by Matthew Michael Carnahan (The Kingdom) to make it fit into the action genre more readily.


Maybe he could do a smashing remake of Pride and Prejudice.

My wife likes the Colin Firth version from PBS. I could have used more car chases. And a few characters needed to die. Horribly.


39 posted on 05/23/2013 8:46:44 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: EEGator

I plan on checking it out when it’s released on Blu-Ray.


Yup. It’s all I do now. I’ll hit theaters for IMAX 3D, but that is it. It’s much more enjoyable at home, and often the picture is BETTER than our local theaters.

It’s also less sticky.


40 posted on 05/23/2013 8:47:52 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: C19fan
WWZ is also a very Pro-UN anti-gun Piece of crap...

This is why people prefer the walking dead...


41 posted on 05/23/2013 8:50:44 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: cuban leaf

Same here. Plus popcorn doesn’t cost $12, and no jerks talking on their phone.


42 posted on 05/23/2013 8:51:58 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Nervous Tick

I saw the trailers and the zombie hordes looked flat out ridiculous...


43 posted on 05/23/2013 8:53:12 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: cuban leaf

Jane Austen never did write a decent car chase scene, but I’ve always suspected Mr. Darcy’s real line of work was as a Mafia hit man. It explains so much.


44 posted on 05/23/2013 8:53:54 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: V_TWIN

I heard how bad waterworld was. When I finally watched it I liked it and watch it when I see it playing. Kind of a mad max on water.


I had the same experience. To use a car analogy, it’s like the Volkswagen Phayton. It was a sales dog because VW was the wrong brand for it. It was still a darned nice car and you could get it for a song used. However, VW never should have produced it.

However, Ishtar and Battlefield Earth are just plain terribly bad horribly made movies. It looks like Heaven’s gate was too. To use the car analogy: more on the scale of a Cummins diesel Oldsmobile. It was always best avoided at any price over the scrap metal value. ;-)

In fact, to paraphrase:
Waterworld and Postman = VW Phaton - VW lost a bundle but a lot of people got a great car for far less than it cost to make.

Battlefield Earth and Heaven’s Gate = Oldsmobile diesel car - for anyone who touched it, it left a mark.


45 posted on 05/23/2013 8:55:08 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Billthedrill

...but I’ve always suspected Mr. Darcy’s real line of work was as a Mafia hit man. It explains so much.


HAHAHA! It Does! I’ve got to tell my wife that one. :-)


46 posted on 05/23/2013 8:56:38 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Billthedrill

Jane Austen never did write a decent car chase scene, but I’ve always suspected Mr. Darcy’s real line of work was as a Mafia hit man. It explains so much.


Pride and Prejudice, Darcy’s final hit!

The sequel.

Tom Clancy could consult on the script. Man, I can see the trailer now...


47 posted on 05/23/2013 8:58:49 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: C19fan

The movie trailers look like they have very little to do with Max Brook’s book. DH is a huge fan of WWZ, but he has no desire to see the movie based on the previews.


48 posted on 05/23/2013 8:59:08 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: C19fan

Gee, I am always so sad when I hear that some Hollyweirdo lost a boatload of money on a film. Boo-hoo. I hope they all go bankrupt.


49 posted on 05/23/2013 9:01:09 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: dfwgator

“Bob Hope: You live here?
Richard Carlson: Yes.
Bob Hope: Well, maybe you know what a zombie is?
Richard Carlson: When a person dies and is buried, it seems a certain voodoo priest will have the power to bring him back to life.

Paulette Goddard: That’s horrible!
Richard Carlson: It’s worse than horrible, because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them some times, walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring.

Bob Hope: You mean, like Democrats?”

http://www.hark.com/clips/tcnzcgdzkh-you-mean-like-democrats


50 posted on 05/23/2013 9:02:28 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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