World War Z (2013)
World War Z SynopsisUnited Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
World War Z Release Date
In Theaters June 21, 2013
World War Z Credits
Starring: Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Eric West, and Mireille Enos
Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan
Directed by: Marc Forster
Produced by: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Tim Headington, Graham King, and Bradford Simpson
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
External Info: World War Z Official Website
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The Painfully Obvious Lesson World War Z Should Teach Hollywood
Movies are weird. The movies themselves are entertainment. They’re artistic creations designed by people with stories to tell and messages to convey. However, you only get to tell that story if a business believes that enough people will pay enough money to see you tell it.
by Dirk Libbey February 19, 2016 comments
Someone Important Fought To Keep Their Name Off Of World War Z, Here's Why
The zombie outbreak film World War Z had more than it’s share of problems. We already know about changes to the film’s ending that resulted in major reshoots and delays. Now we learn on an issue so bad that one person left the film entirely.
by Dirk Libbey February 4, 2016 comments
World War Z 2 Just Took A Big Step Forward
World War Z 2 is moving forward with a new writer, and seems to have learned from some of the original's mistakes.
by Conner Schwerdtfeger October 31, 2015 comments
World War Z 2 Writer On What He Liked About The First Movie
A World War Z sequel has been in the pipeline for quite some time, but now the man who has been tasked with scribing the film, Steven Knight, has provided an update on it. He’s not only revealed that he’s just finished up writing his first draft of the screenplay, but also the key elements that he loved so much about the original.
by Gregory Wakeman August 25, 2015 comments
World War Z 2 Moving Forward With A New Writer
World War Z is destined to be one of those textbook examples of a film that somehow found an audience when the world said there was none. Hollywood loves examples like that, especially when they're running low on franchises to add to their stable of theatrical printing presses. With Paramount hurting for all of the post merger Marvel money they're losing out on, a viable franchise like World War Z is hard to come by. Which means, it's time to hire a new writer and get cracking!
by Mike Reyes May 28, 2014 comments
World War Z Sequel Finds A Director
Thanks to the epically troubled production process behind World War Z, it was a surprise to few when it was revealed back in October that director Marc Foster would not be returning for the announced sequel. Of course, that announcement made everyone wonder who would be hired as the filmmaker in charge of the production
by Eric Eisenberg December 10, 2013 comments
Marc Forster Won't Be Back For The World War Z Sequel
So with Forster out, who should Pitt get to replace him? The director has an excellent working relationship with David Fincher. Or how about The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, or someone from that show? Darabont also directed one of the most underrated horror films from recent years, the reboot of The Mist.
by Sean O'Connell October 3, 2013 comments
Exclusive World War Z Blu-ray Clip Features Zombies In Tight Spaces
The home entertainment release of the fast-paced summer flick features some fun bonus features, but the star of the set is the movie itself, which amps up suspense through scenes like the one we are debuting today, that shows what happens when a zombie is introduced into a small space.
by Jessica Rawden September 25, 2013 comments
Why You'll Never See World War Z's Original Ending
Apparently ready to let bygones to be bygones, Forster also gets into detail on the film's actual ending, when Brad Pitt's character Gerry gets up close and personal with a zombie in the abandoned wing of the WHO headquarters in Wales
by Katey Rich September 17, 2013 comments
This Week In Home Entertainment: World War Z, Grimm, Bates Motel And More
World War Z is a fine summer movie that doesn’t give audiences one moment to unclench their fists or catch their breaths during the tenure of the film, but it's not the only thing out this week, as TV reigns supreme.
by Jessica Rawden September 17, 2013 comments
Brad Pitt Says They Have 'So Many Ideas' For The World War Z Sequel
Having scored surprised critical praise and more than more than $536 million worldwide, the $190 million horror-thriller was deemed a major success. So, a sequel almost seems a no-brainer, right?
by Kristy Puchko September 9, 2013 comments
World War Z Will Infect Blu-ray And DVD In September
While not a beloved summer family film, Brad Pitt’s latest vehicle, World War Z earned a fresh rating and did quite well at the box office, pulling in more than $474 million worldwide. These facts won’t tell you whether or not the flick is to your liking, but if you already are pumped up about World War Z’s Blu-ray and DVD release, you'll get your chance.
by Jessica Rawden August 3, 2013 comments
Brad Pitt's World War Z Heading To 3D IMAX For A Limited Engagement
IMAX Corporation, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced in a release that Brad Pitt’s global zombie apocalypse thriller has been digitally re-mastered into the IMAX 3D format, and will be released into select IMAX theaters domestically for a one-week engagement beginning Aug. 2.
by Sean O'Connell July 30, 2013 comments
The Best Movies Of 2013 So Far
We're almost halfway through July-- I know, right?-- and just past the midway point of the year, which means that we're also almost done with summer movie season. The blockbusters are petering out, the dregs of summer are appearing on the horizon (sorry, R.I.P.D.) and the really great movies of fall feel so far away. So why not take this moment to look back over the year so far, and pick out the movies that we actually did love?
by Katey, Kristy, Kelly, Sean, Eric and Nick July 12, 2013 comments
How World War Z Originally Ended, And What Happened To Matthew Fox
It'll be interesting to see how much of this aborted final act makes it onto the movie's Blu-ray and DVD extras. Something tells me Plan B will be less than forthcoming with this footage.
by Kristy Puchko June 24, 2013 comments
Weekend Box Office: Monsters University Is Top Of The Class Over World War Z
Pixar appeared to have yet another hit on its hands Thursday when early previews had some forecasters predicting opening totals between $65 million and $70 million for Monsters University. The sequel to Monsters Inc. actually came in at number one with $82 million, handing the studio its second highest opening weekend behind Toy Story 3's $110 million debut three years ago.
by Scott Gwin June 23, 2013 comments
World War Z Sequel Plans Begin... Again
World War Z made an estimated $111.8 million worldwide this weekend, a remarkably strong debut for a non-sequel, decidedly non-family movie not based on a familiar property (Max Brooks's novel is great, but not exactly household name). Confident all over again, Paramount has told THR that they will now be actively developing a sequel, though the original plans for a trilogy seem to have at least been sharply altered back when the ending was changed
by Katey Rich June 23, 2013 comments
Operation Kino 119 Review: World War Z Eats Our Brains
Can Brad Pitt save the world from a zombie apocalypse if he can't even save his own movie's troubled production?We're here to find out as we review this weekend's latest attempted blockbuster, World War Z, with Fangoria's Sam Zimmerman brought in as an expert witness. All that plus a little discussion of Monsters University and your answers to our lightning round question about animated prequels you actually want to see
by Operation Kino June 21, 2013 comments
Does World War Z's PG-13 Rating Hurt It?
As a big-budget, summer blockbuster zombie movie, World War Z had pretty much no choice but to go with a PG-13 rating, which makes it by far the most bloodless zombie movie of recent movie. Because it's such a big movie, with more scenes of zombie hordes overrunning a city than close-up moments of zombie destruction, it gets away with it… to a certain point. Can a PG-13 movie really be a zombie movie, or do you need the blood to even understand the story?
by Katey Rich and Kristy Puchko June 21, 2013 comments
To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right World War Z Ticket
Is that extra cost for the 3D worth it? That's what we're here to answer in the latest installment of To 3D or not to 3D, in which we break down World War Z's 3D effects into individual parts and help you decide which ticket to buy. Before you head to the movies this weekend, check out our guide, and vote in the poll to let us know how you to decide to see it.
by Katey Rich June 20, 2013 comments
Find Out Exactly Which Parts Of World War Z Were Rescued By Damon Lindelof And Drew Goddard
HuffPo confirms, “Everything starting with [Pitt’s character Gerry] Lane entering the aircraft, including every incident on the flight, was written by Goddard and Lindelof.” The rewrites also get credit for a completely different ending, which builds more suspense than a digital Russian battle likely would have generated.
by Sean O'Connell June 19, 2013 comments
This Rotten Week: Predicting World War Z and Monsters University Reviews
Today is the day to put all of your daddy issues aside and celebrate the guy who was half responsible for bringing you into this world. In honor of those fathers out there we’ve got zombies taking over the world and monsters heading off to college
by Doug Norrie June 16, 2013 comments
Would You Pay $50 To See World War Z Early?
Since World War Z doesn't open until Friday, June 21, that's a two-day head start on the crowds for the really enthusiastic World War Z fans. What seems to be the real selling point, though, is the digital copy, which could be available sooner than the DVD street date and would provide what most of us really want when we go see a movie we like-- the ability to own the movie yourself as soon as possible
by Katey Rich June 14, 2013 comments
Brad Pitt Surprises Yet Another World War Z Preview Audience
Look around your theater when you eventually check out Marc Forster’s World War Z later this month. There’s a very good chance Brad Pitt might be lingering near the entranceway or the exit, ready to introduce the film or answer fan inquiries during a post-screening Q-and-A.
by Sean O'Connell June 4, 2013 comments
World War Z Clip Shows Brad Pitt Faced With A Big Decision
We've seen the trailers for World War Z. In fact, I can't remember the last movie I saw in the theaters that didn't show the zombie thriller's promo beforehand. Now we have a look at an actual clip from the film. It doesn't give much away, though it does fill us in a bit on Brad Pitt's character. Not only was he once a top investigator for the U.N., but he's also a family man, who's reluctant to separate from his wife and kids in this time of crisis.
by Kelly West May 29, 2013 comments
World War Z Banners Take Carnage Global
To tease this ambitious adaptation of Max Brook's zombie apocalypse novel, the filmmakers are now releasing a string of banner posters that show off the carnage that infects the world in this thriller. Inside you can see a toppled Rome, Berlin ablaze, Paris on fire, and Mexico City swarmed.
by Kristy Puchko May 28, 2013 comments
Brad Pitt Screens World War Z To Select Crowds, Scores Positive Reviews
“We gotta do a screening for the fans. So, we decided there was no better place to do that than Jersey,” Pitt exclaimed to a packed theater, according to ScreenCrush. The site went on to describe the film as a “crowd-pleaser,” saying, “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.
by Sean O'Connell May 24, 2013 comments
World War Z Debuts A New Poster And Six New Images
As you can probably tell by the title, World War Z isn't a zombie movie that's limited to the size of a shopping mall. Instead, the film is a globe-spanning epic, following Brad Pitt's character Gerry Lane, a United Nations employee, from country to country as he tries to discover a cure for the horrific outbreak.
by Eric Eisenberg May 23, 2013 comments
World War Z's Behind-The-Scenes Breakdown Is A Must-Read
If you follow the movie industry closely, there's nothing more fascinating than an autopsy of a disaster, when the people behind a film get away from the promotional speak and soundbites and really dig into what made a film fall apart. It's rare to get that level of candor at any point, but it's practically impossible to get it before a film opens. Which is what makes Vanity Fair's cover story on World War Z an absolute, stop-everything must-read
by Katey Rich May 9, 2013 comments
World War Z's Behind-The-Scenes Chaos Revealed By Damon Lindelof
It’s rare to have people involved with the movie talking openly about production problems before the film reaches theaters. Perhaps it’s because they are confident that the finished product survived the problems?
by Sean O'Connell April 30, 2013 comments
World War Z Footage At CinemaCon Features A Mid-Flight Zombie Attack
Paramount Pictures had it’s big presentation this evening at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it wasn’t just new Star Trek Into Darkness footage that the studio had on display – they also brought some intense zombie action to the proceedings as well.
by Eric Eisenberg April 15, 2013 comments
World War Z International Poster Looks Down At A World In Chaos
It's as though World War Z refused to be excluded from the trend of posters that show us the back of their hero facing out at whatever adventure - or in this case, zombie mayhem - awaits. Following up on the pile-of-zombies poster is the international poster for World War Z, which reminds us that the film will be released in 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D when it hits theaters in June. And it also reminds us that mass destruction is probably inevitable, which should look pretty great on the big screen.
by Kelly West April 5, 2013 comments
World War Z Gets Changed To Avoid Chinese Censorship
It started with cutting scenes from movies like Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, Men in Black 3, and creating and alternative version of Iron Man 3 with a Chinese-specific star. While unsettling, these changes only impacted the Chinese release of these films. With World War Z, we're seeing a new shift. What's unusual here is that Paramount is pre-empting potential Chinese complaints by changing the picture of their own volition before its even been seen by the censors.
by Kristy Puchko April 1, 2013 comments
Not Even The Skies Are Safe In New World War Z Poster
With a brand new trailer on the way tonight, Paramount has unveiled the latest one-sheet for the Marc Forster-directed thriller, and I must say that it's a pretty cool design. In addition to being a deviation from the generic artwork we see on a regular basis...
by Eric Eisenberg March 24, 2013 comments
Brad Pitt Searches For A Zombie Cure In Second World War Z Trailer
This second trailer give audiences a better look at the global effect of the zombies, who are able to take over Moscow, D.C., Paris and more. “Life as we know it” is over and done with, and characters are facing “the end of humanity.”
by Sean O'Connell March 23, 2013 comments
World War Z Super Bowl Spot Focuses On Zombie Mayhem
In addition to football playing football, the Super Bowl is also a major event for commercials and new movie trailers and TV spots. This year, that'll include World War Z, Marc Forster's feature adaptation of Max Brooks' popular novel. The thirty-second spot focuses on zombie mayhem for Brad Pitt's character Gerry Lane and his family.
by Kelly West January 31, 2013 comments
Fast Six, Iron Man 3 And More To Air Super Bowl Trailers This Sunday
Everyone knows that the Super Bowl broadcast is one of the biggest advertising opportunities around, and that fact isn't lost on the major movie studios. Every year they shill out millions upon millions of dollars to take advantage of the incredible number of viewers watching. Last year brought previews for movies like The Avengers, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games, John Carter, and Battleship. But can we expect from this year's how?
by Eric Eisenberg January 28, 2013 comments
World War Z Fan-Made Posters Will Put You In An Undead Mood
Disappointed by the initial one sheet, the creative folks at Blurppy solicited new posters that would play up the zombie apocalypse angle of the movie’s plot. And it’s not a stretch to say that all eight submitted posters are far superior to the official one cooked up on behalf of the film.
by Sean O'Connell January 23, 2013 comments
Brad Pitt Avoids The Zombies In First World War Z Trailer
World War Z, the novel by Max Brooks, is actually pretty fascinating. Set entirely after the end of a zombie infestation, the entire book is structured as a fake oral history, interviews with citizens, military personnel, and government officials painting the picture of what it was like to live in the time of zombies. We've known for quite a while that the movie version, directed by Marc Foster and starring Brad Pitt, would be going in a different direction, but watching the first trailer you begin to wonder why they used the title at all.
by Eric Eisenberg November 8, 2012 comments
World War Z Logo Takes Minimalism To A Terrifying New Level
Years of delays and reshoots and bad press, and this was the best they could come up with? The Brad Pitt-led zombie apocalypse movie World War Z is in the process of digging itself out of a hole of its own making, having appeared to be flying off the rails many times since it first went into production last year
by Katey Rich November 6, 2012 comments
Check Out The First Footage From World War Z, Starring Brad Pitt
The project has reportedly gone through problem after problem each step of the way and has has been forced to have multiple reshoots and a rewritten ending. Now the film won't actually be getting here until June 21, 2013, but already we have our first look at some footage.
by Eric Eisenberg November 5, 2012 comments
World War Z And Pain & Gain Reveal First Footage At Paramount Presentation
Last night in a screening room above a rain-soaked Times Square, Paramount Pictures unveiled a reel to show off their highest-profile releases through 2014, including footage from two films that hadn't been seen anywhere else. And no, before you ask, neither of them were Star Trek Into Darkness-- all we got from that was the same bit of director J.J. Abrams's appearance on Conan
by Katey Rich October 16, 2012 comments
World War Z Faces Even More Production Problems And Brad Pitt's Silent Treatment
According to Vulture, star Brad Pitt is no longer on speaking terms with director Marc Forster, even with the production heading into the last three weeks of reshoots. All this as the budget balloons up to $170 million
by Katey Rich July 13, 2012 comments
Drew Goddard Actually Wrote The New Ending For Brad Pitt's World War Z
Lindelof “cracked a potential new ending of the film,” which had to commit to expensive reshoots to repair what apparently wasn’t working. But with Lindelof wrapped up in other projects, Goddard stepped in to actually pen the script rewrite.
by Sean O'Connell July 11, 2012 comments
The Production Nightmare Of World War Z
From release date shuffling, to extensive reshoots, to a last-minute hustle for a third act rewrite, it's no secret that Marc Forster's World War Z adaptation has been plagued with problems. But as this dystopian drama trudges toward five weeks of "complex reshoots," THR has unveiled some more of the shocking missteps that appear to have marred the Brad Pitt-fronted—and produced—zombie drama that's had fan boys buzzing since its earliest announcement.
by Kristy Puchko June 13, 2012 comments
Damon Lindelof Is Rewriting The World War Z Screenplay
Screenwriter Damon Lindelof, who has co-created the winding mystery series Lost and co-wrote the sci-fi ensemble thriller Prometheus, has been contracted to rewrite the World War Z script penned by Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play, Lions for Lambs), focusing specifically on the film's third act.
by Kristy Puchko June 8, 2012 comments
Brad Pitt Doing Seven Weeks Of Reshoots On World War Z
Marc Forster wrapped shooting last summer, so this news is off-putting. Also, seven weeks is a very long time to merely patch up problems that might be plaguing the finished film. However, the news item has very little details about what’s being shot, or who from the cast is joining Pitt for the shoot.
by Sean O'Connell June 4, 2012 comments
New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Gets A Release Date, World War Z Moved To 2013
Those eagerly anticipating the “new reimagining” of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may find themselves craving pizza come Christmas 2013. Paramount has set the date for the turtles’ return to the big screen. There are also updates for the release dates of World War Z and One Shot.
by Kelly West March 13, 2012 comments
World War Z Being Looked At As The First Of A Trilogy
If it hasn't already been made abundantly clear, Hollywood loves franchises and sequels. Whether prudent or not, studios will do everything in their power to produce sequels to movies that may not necessarily need them. And it stars in pre-production too. The Hunger Games and Twilight were so appealing to the movie industry not just because of book sales but because they came prepackaged as a potential trilogy.
by Eric Eisenberg January 3, 2012 comments
Budapest SWAT Team Confiscates Guns Set To Be Used In Zombie Movie World War Z
While the zombies in the upcoming Marc Forster directed film World War Z aren’t likely to be the real deal, the guns set to be used in the film apparently were, which caused a bit of a snag for the movie, which is currently filming in Budapest. Today, a SWAT team raided a warehouse in the Hungarian capital, confiscating weapons that were meant to be props in the film.
by Kelly West October 10, 2011 comments