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- April Neale
The Great Wall is a film that's fallen under the public eye as of late. To some (including this writer, who wasn't familiar with the Max Brooks book), it was a bit unexpected that a film entitled The Great Wall would actually be a more fantastical take on the historical wonder. In this world, the wall was created not to keep out just any enemies, but to keep a race of vicious monsters.
While the first trailer was a host to intrigue and well-directed action, the movie came under fire for being white-centric. In true Hollywood fashion, the lead character in a Chinese-based film was none other than a white male. Director Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) since came out in defense of the film, saying that it actually features a handful of leads, and only one of which, Damon, was not Chinese.
Controversies aside, The Great Wall looks »
- Joseph Medina
It seems reasonable to expect that a movie called “The Great Wall,” billed as the biggest production in China’s filmmaking history, would feature Chinese actors. Instead, when Universal and Legendary released the trailer for Zhang Yimou’s film, the first face viewers saw was that of the decidedly white Matt Damon, fighting monsters atop the Middle Kingdom’s most famous monument.
In America, it was a call to arms in the battle against whitewashing, that curious tendency to insert Caucasian faces where history tells us there were none. “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world,” wrote comedian and “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu in a lengthy, impassioned statement posted to Twitter. “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon.”
China had another take. There, the prevailing sentiment over the trespass on their national identity might best be described as a Whatevs. »
- Aaron Fox-Lerner
Poor Brad Pitt—he’s been out here, trying to get his World War Z sequel made before the zombie-saturation apocalypse occurs and there’s no interest in left in the running dead. The production’s gone through some ups and downs as well as a couple of director in the last three years or so. First, Marc Forster was hearing but maybe not listening to what Pitt had to say about his second adaptation of Max Brooks’ work, so J.A. Bayona took over. But, not long after securing a new script from Utopia writer Dennis Kelly, Pitt parted ways with Bayona, who just could not commit to the high-speed schedule while finishing A Monster Calls, and answering the call to helm the Jurassic World sequel.
But that’s all in the past and maybe even for the best, as Pitt is currently talking to David Fincher about teaming ...
- Danette Chavez
Last May, Paramount issued a June 9, 2017 summer release date for the languishing action sequel World War Z 2, which has been in various stages of development shortly after the original movie debuted in 2013. A number of filmmakers have come and gone, but with nearly 10 months until the planned release date, it seems the studio may have finally found a director. While nothing is set in stone yet, David Fincher is reportedly in talks with the studio to reunite with his longtime collaborator Brad Pitt.
Variety reports that Brad Pitt met with a "handful" of directors a few months ago, but the actor/producer is said to be "zeroing in" on David Fincher. The actor and filmmaker have worked together three times before, on 1995's Se7en, 1999's Fight Club and 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The site reports that Brad Pitt and David Fincher met about this zombie sequel two weeks ago, »
Brad Pitt is pulling out all the stops in an attempt to land a director to get a sequel going for “World War Z.” The latest reports have Pitt meeting recently with David Fincher, TheWrap has learned. After “The Big Short” director Adam McKay passed, Pitt has focused his sights on director David Fincher who hasn’t helmed a sequel since 1992’s “Alien 3.” Pitt, Skydance and Paramount are reportedly in talks for Fincher to helm the sequel to the 2013 zombie apocalypse movie, which is based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks. Also Read: David Fincher, Charlize Theron's »
- Umberto Gonzalez
The search for a new director for the sequel to 2013’s World War Z has taken an intriguing turn, as Variety reports that David Fincher (Gone Girl, 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is in early talks to helm the follow-up film.
According to Variety, Fincher has been having discussions with Brad Pitt, Paramount Pictures, and Skydance about potentially directing World War Z 2. No deal is finalized at this point, but things seem to have taken a promising turn, as Variety states that “negotiations are much further down the road” than they were when talks began a couple of weeks ago, and that a deal could be on the table.
- Derek Anderson
We may actually get a David Fincher zombie movie. I repeat: a David Fincher zombie movie. The Gone Girl director is reportedly "in talks" with Paramount and star/producer Brad Pitt to helm the sequel to World War Z, the hit 2013 horror/action film based on Max Brooks' bestselling novel. According to Variety, Pitt "zeroed in on" Fincher, who directed him in Se7en, Fight Club and the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, after previously meeting with several other filmmakers on the project. This would be the first "genre" film for Fincher The first World War Z, directed by Marc Forster, was a surprise success at the box office (and with critics) after a difficult production that saw the film undergoing extensive reshoots. J.A. Bayona was originally slated to helm the sequel before departing to direct the next Jurassic Park. If all goes well, the followup is expected to begin filming early next year. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sources have told Variety that Pitt, along with Paramount and Skydance, is in talks with David Fincher to direct the sequel to his 2013 smash hit.
Pitt, who’s returning to star in and produce the “World War Z” follow-up, recently met with a handful of other directors, but is said to be zeroing in on Fincher for the project, which is expected to start filming in early 2017.
Skydance and Paramount had no comment on the development.
According to sources, Fincher and Pitt met two weeks ago to discuss the possibility of Fincher boarding the zombie tentpole. The talks were initially lukewarm but sources now tell Variety negotiations are much further down the road and no one else currently has the offer to direct.
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- Justin Kroll
The whole idea for the movie is based off of a story by World War Z author, Max Brooks. Bourne series writer Tony Gilroy, hence Matt Damon's involvement, partnered up with Netflix's Narcos writers Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, hence Pedro Pascal's involvement, to adapt the ancient story. The result is a trailer that looks just as intriguing as the idea itself. Except for one part.
Is it just me or does Matt Damon look out of place?
Maybe its the hair, maybe its because we don't see him do many historical, fantasy movies but it just looks weird having him in this. Nevertheless, The Great Wall is the first of its kind in two ways. »
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
Later tonight, fans can see Matt Damon return in his iconic role when Jason Bourne hits theaters in Thursday sneak preview screenings. Next year, however, the beloved actor takes on a role unlike any he's played before in The Great Wall, which hits theaters on February 17. Today we have the first trailer for this upcoming thriller, which very well could be one of next year's most unique movies.
Matt Damon leads humanity's greatest fight for survival in The Great Wall from Legendary and Universal Pictures, which debuted this new trailer on YouTube. When a mercenary warrior (Damon) is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. »
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Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China.
The film will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on February 17.
Genre: 3D Action-Thriller
Directed by: Zhang Yimou
Story by: Max Brooks »
- Melissa Howland
Uh-oh, looks like China’s in trouble. They were able to build the Great Wall, but now that it’s time to defend it, this ancient civilization finds itself overwhelmed by the enormity of—Shit, Are Those Monsters? On man, where’s an anachronistically familiar white face when you need it? Cue Matt Damon, looking like he just got back from the Renaissance Faire. What a relief.
That’s the actual premise of the Raise The Red Lantern and Hero director Zhang Yimou’s new historical epic The Great Wall. Playing like a Chinese analogue to the similarly Game Of Thrones-esque Dracula Untold, the teaser trailer for the film combines high production value and goofy fantasy/horror elements for a sweeping historical epic that would make the hybrid-genre enthusiasts at The Asylum sick with envy. (World War Z’s Max Brooks co-wrote the screenplay, which explains a lot.) Kudos »
- Katie Rife
Legendary and Universal Pictures released the first trailer for Zhang Yimou’s first English-language production, “The Great Wall.” Starring Matt Damon as a mercenary warrior, the story follows him as he leads humanity on the greatest fight for survival.
After he is imprisoned within The Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of our world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront this unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force.
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“The Great Wall” is based on a story by Thomas Tull and Max Brooks and is the largest movie ever shot entirely in China. It also features a star-studded international cast which includes Pedro Pascal, Jing Tian, Willem Dafoe, »
- Liz Calvario
People love — or are at least intrigued by — stories about national monuments and mysteries that are contained within them. So comes Zhang Yimou‘s latest feature, The Great Wall. The first trailer has arrived for the action thriller, which follows Matt Damon and mysterious circumstances around the construction of the titular wall in China. Explosions, monsters, and Damon’s infamous ponytail ensue.
Based on the story by Max Brooks and Thomas Tull, the script is co-penned by Tony Gilroy, who has a longstanding filmic collaboration with Damon. Dp Stuart Dryburgh‘s (Blackhat) sharp eye is on full display, mixing grand imagery with more intimate strokes.
“The film takes place about 1,000 years ago. At its core, it is a period piece and an action film,” the director tells EW. “The fantasy element does play a major role because of the monsters. But, what makes our film unique is that these are ancient Chinese monsters. »
- Mike Mazzanti
The studio disclosed Bayona’s departure late Monday, adding that it still plans to make the film this year. The film is scheduled for release on June 9, 2017.
“Because of pre-existing film commitments, Bayona is not able to make ‘World War Z’ this year, and it is our ambition to do so,” Paramount said. “He is a wonderful director and we hope to work with him soon.”
The original “World War Z” was directed by Marc Forster and was based on Max Brooks’ 2006 novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.” The screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, »
- Dave McNary
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