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WORLD WAR Z Rumored For A Fall London Shoot

Posted on 03 April 2011 by Rich Drees

Is London about to be overrun with zombies?

The folks over at Bleeding Cool seem to think so as they are reporting from unnamed sources that Paramount’s World War Z is set to film in London and at Pinewood Studios in the fall.

Not much more information than that is known, but if true, it suggests that Paramount has finally worked out their financial concerns with the project’s $125 million price tag. Two weeks ago, the studio was looking for a co-financier to split the cost of production. Last week, it looked as if they had found such a partner in David Ellison and his production company Skydance, who was already working with Paramount on their upcoming films Mission: Impossible IV and Top Gun II.

Based on Max Brooks classic novel, World War Z will tell the story of a man trying to piece together exactly how a zombie uprising almost destroyed the war. Brad Pitt is set to star and producer through his company Plan B. Quantum Of Solace‘s Marc Foster is set to direct.

World War Z is just one of a number of high profile zombie projects in development around Hollywood at the moment. They include a sequel to Zombieland, new installments in the 28 Days Later and Resident Evil franchises,  two scripts that were on last year’s Black List – The Kitchen Sink, which has Jonah Hill attached to direct, and Boy Scouts Vs Zombies – and Paul Is Undead, a comedy which retells the story of the Beatles as if they were zombies.

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Pabulum Of Solace?

Posted on 05 November 2008 by Rich Drees

The development of any motion picture is always an exciting time when possible story ideas are generated, discussed and then used or discarded. Sometimes, the most fascinating ideas are the ones that are discarded, either because the producers don’t want to take that big a storytelling risk or it would change the tenor of the film they are trying to make. Other times, those ideas are wisely rejected on the simple basis that they are bad.

Marc Foster, director of Quantum Of Solace, told New York Magazine that during the development of the new James Bond adventure, an idea was mooted by screenwriter Paul Haggis, that would have sent the spy franchise down a road the producers did not want to particularly travel.

Haggis had an idea they weren’t fond of, and I didn’t know if it would work or not. The idea was that Vesper in the last movie, maybe she had a kid, and there would be an orphan out there. It wasn’t anything to insult the franchise. But they felt it wasn’t particularly Bond — him looking for the kid. I think Paul thought he just leaves the kid, he doesn’t deal with it. But [the producers] thought that would be really nasty, too, because Bond was an orphan himself. If he would find a kid, would he just leave it? They were so vehemently against it. That was the only time I saw, really, “No, we can’t do that.” They said, “Once he finds the kid, Bond can’t just leave the kid. It’s not right.”

On the immediate face of it, this sounds like a bad idea. It doesn’t make much sense from a story point of view. By the end of Casino Royale, we have learned that Vesper was being coerced into working as a double agent for an unnamed terrorist organization. Why would they have kidnapped her boyfriend to force her to turn traitor when they could have easily and more powerfully used her baby? Also, it sounds a little too soap opera-ish for the series.

However, I don’t think that the idea is entirely without merit. Bond discovering the previously unknown offspring of a dead lover would definitely allow for some interesting character exploration on the part of Bond, perhaps looking at how the early deaths of his own parents scarred him emotionally. It is an area of Bond’s character that the films have yet to touch upon, and one I would be interested in seeing examined. However, the way it is presented here would have spun the series off into a direction that might not have been of interest to the ticket-buying public.

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