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Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish filmmaker who directed The Impossible, the disaster movie about the 2004 Asian tsunami starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, will direct Brad Pitt in the sequel to World War Z. A source close to the zombie project confirmed the news, first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.
Based on Max Brooks’ novel and planned as a franchise, World War Z overcame production complications to become a summer blockbuster, grossing $540 million worldwide, and a solid critical hit. Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) and Pitt didn’t always see eye-to-eye, and the original ending was trashed, requiring dramatic and expensive reshoots. »
- Jeff Labrecque
• World War Z earns sequel after gobbling up global box office
• World War Z – the Guardian's verdict
World War Z was beset with problems during its production, involving rewrites and the whole 40-minute third act being reshot, but the struggle proved worth it as the film made $540m worldwide earlier this year. Its success has cleared the pathway for a sequel, as Hollywood looks ever more towards franchises as stable revenue generators.
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
One of the most ambitious blockbuster experiments of the year was this past summer’s sci-fi/horror epic World War Z, which starred Brad Pitt as a Un employee racing to find the cure for a zombie pandemic. Though the film made an astounding $540 million at the box office, it also had a notably difficult production period including numerous script rewrites and a ballooning budget.
So, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) declined to helm a sequel to the film. Undeterred, Paramount announced today that they have selected Juan Antonio Bayona, the director of acclaimed frightfest The Orphanage and disaster film The Impossible, to sit in the director’s chair for the next installment.
No writer has yet been announced for the sequel, though Bayona will collaborate with whichever screenwriter Paramount nominates to prevent some of the same production woes that afflicted the first film. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Get ready for a zombie tidal wave. Paramount announced today that it has chosen The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona to helm their World War Z sequel. Brad Pitt will return to produce and star in the sequel to this year's breakout summer hit. Bayona gained acclaim last year for the harrowing drama The Impossible which earned Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination. He's also gained acclaim internationally during his brief career including 2007's The Orphange. According to THR, Bayona was on a short list of potential candidates to helm the sequel. No writers are attached to the project yet, but Bayona will oversee the writing process. Does Bayona helming the World War Z sequel intrigue you? Would you have preferred a different director?...
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Paramount is forging ahead with plans for a sequel to this summer’s zombie tentpole World War Z, and the first order of business is finding a new director. Due to the contentious and trouble-laden production process, Wwz helmer Marc Forster wasn’t keen on returning to direct a potential follow-up. When the film defied expectations and had Brad Pitt’s biggest opening weekend of his career, soaring to $540 million worldwide, Paramount started making moves on a follow-up. Now the studio has settled on a new director to take the helm of the franchise, attaching The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona to oversee the development of World War Z 2. Hit the jump for more. Heat Vision reports that Bayona was on “a very short list” of directors that Pitt and the studio were looking at to take the helm of the follow-up, and after meeting with Pitt—who will »
- Adam Chitwood
Say whatever you want about the troubled post-production, reshoots and turmoil, the bottom line is this: "World War Z" was much better than it had any right to be under those circumstances, and moreover, it's Brad Pitt's highest-grossing film of his career. End of discussion. And not only was a sequel inevitable, it now has a director. Juan Antonio Bayona, the man who put Naomi Watts through hell in "The Impossible," has been tapped to direct "World War Z: Title To Be Determined." But as you've probably already guessed, it's still very early stages. In fact there are no writers on board—though Pitt has already said ideas have been percolating—but Bayona will apparently oversee that process as well. Undoubtedly, this will probably wait until there is a finished script that everyone likes before moving forward. It's another boost up the career ladder for Bayona, who broke out »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With World War Z having earned more than $500 million worldwide at the box office, its no surprise to hear that Paramount is moving forward with a sequel. It was previously revealed that Marc Forster would not return for the sequel, but we know who Paramount has hired.
According to THR, the new movie will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who horror fans should remember from his work on The Orphanage. Bayona most recently directed The Impossible with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, so he has a good mix of horror and disaster movie experience needed for this type of movie.
At this point, very little is known about the story. A writer has not been hired, but it’s been said that Juan Antonio Bayona will help oversee the writing process. Many fans of Max Brooks’ novel were not happy to see the movie deviate so much from the original material, »
- Jonathan James
Brad Pitt will once again star and produce and now word has come down that Juan Antonio Bayona will direct the sequel to World War Z, which I can only assume won't be titled World War Z 2, but instead get some subtitle such as World War Z: Aftermath, sort of how the next Terminator film will supposedly be titled Terminator: Genesis. At this time there is no word on how the film will pick up from the Wales-set finale or even who will write it, though The Hollywood Reporter say Bayona will work with whomever is brought aboard to help shape the script. amz asin="B005LAIIN0" size="small"The first film was based on Max Brooks' novel of the same name documenting the days after the zombie apocalypse and in the film the story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the »
- Brad Brevet
Two mothers go on an unconventional romantic journey in the drama Adore, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD today from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Naomi Watts and Robin Wright star as two longtime friends who find themselves falling for each others sons, portrayed by Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville. We have a giveaway lined up where our readers can win copies of the Blu-ray. Take a look at how you can take home the directorial debut of Anne Fontaine today.
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Set in an Australian seaside town of otherworldly beauty, Adore follows two women's plunge into uncharted waters as they explore the intricacies of love, »
The many facets of motherhood are examined through the intertwining stories of three La women in this sincere and thoughtful drama. Although in middle age, Karen (Annette Bening) never stops thinking about the baby girl she had to give up for adoption at age 14. Her baby is now Elizabeth (Naomi Watts), a successful lawyer whose greatest love is her independence. »
Remakes are nothing new in Hollywood. Take a look back through cinema history and there are plenty of example of ideas and stories being recycled for new audiences. Take, for instance, Robin Hood and Zorro, whose big-screen exploits stretch right the way back to Douglas Fairbanks in the silent era.
Right now two high profile re-dos - Carrie and Oldboy - are screening in cinemas. Considering just how well the originals are regarded, it begs one simple question - why? One carries a recognisable name, the other is a critically lauded foreign-language cult film that has a limited audience.
In the end it may all boil down to making money, but that's still no excuse for some of the remakes that have been served up in recent memory. Digital Spy looks at 9 cinematic remakes that didn't need to happen below...
The 21 Grams director is in line for a new live action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic, reports Deadline.
Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves will produce the movie, with his daughter Callie making her screenwriting debut.
The Jungle Book was published in 1894, based on Kipling's experiences of India.
Disney famously released its animated movie in 1967. A live action film followed in 1994.
Catch up on all the latest TV and Movies releases in Digital Spy's Screen Time: »
The story centers on an Indian boy named Mowgli, who was raised by wolves and lived among the animals in the jungle. It first appeared in magazines in 1893-94 and was written by Rudyard Kipling. Walt Disney made an animated film centering on the boy in 1967 and a live-action film in 1994. They are currently working on another unknown reboot with Jon Favreau directing and Justin Marks providing the screenplay.
Alejandro González Iñárritu previously directed 21 Grams and Babel. His next project is a comedy titled Birdman and stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
No production schedule has been released. »
Glenn, Team Film Experience's resident Australian, here. In all the hubbub surrounding the big wins for American Hustle and Her, it went unnoticed (not surprisingly, but also not without reason) that the nominees for this year's Aacta Awards were announced. Australia's own "Academy" (renamed from the Australian Film Institute several years back) went big for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which is hoping for a tech resurgence later in the guild-stretch of the Oscar season, and Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which is still holding on hope for an Academy foreign language short-listing. Other famous names like Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Mia Wasikowska, and Naomi Watts also appear across the 14 categories recognising Australian films.
- Glenn Dunks
The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.
Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young »
- Lindsey Bahr
Nikki Finke has long been Hollywood’s greatest enigma: a mysterious blogger who, via her Deadline Hollywood website, breaks insider news and spews vitriolic opinions about the town’s power players, all from the comfort of her secret Los Angeles home. (Finke doesn’t do lunches and few people have seen what she looks like today. The one photo that floats around the Internet is at least 20 years old.) But in the past month she and her boss, Jay Penske, who bought Deadline in 2009 and broadened the site from a one-woman operation into a trade publication, ended their business relationship »
- Nicole Sperling
The couple has two sons Sasha, 6, and Kai, 4, and Schreiber feels Christmas is a good time to teach them how to take care of the people in need, reports contactmusic.com.
"This time of year - now that I have two small kids, (we're) finding ways to teach them about generosity and compassion," said Schreiber.
The couple took the sons to a charitable organisation.
"(We) took the boys up to the (homeless charity) Association to Benefit Children in Harlem, and. »
- Machan Kumar
The 'Ray Donovan' star told the New York Post that the couple is spending the holidays trying to find ways to teach their sons generosity and compassion.
The 46-year-old actor explained that he and Watts recently took the boys to a homeless charity in Harlem, and they had such a great time playing the kids for two hours and it was amazing.
Schreiber added that the kids, who were reluctant at first to give away their stuff to less privileged kids, now want to go back every week. (Ani) »
- Lohit Reddy
In Case You Missed Them... here are a dozen highlights from the month that was as we round the corner into the last leg of 2013 and sprint towards Oscar nominations.
My imaginary Actress Roundtable for THR. They need to mix it up a little for freshness. I've added Léa, Sandra and Margo.
Emma Thompson's Shoes... Nathaniel meets the actress over cocktails
Hollywood Actress Roundtable Oprah gushes over Lupita. Octavia and Amy listen. Julia and Emma steal the spotlight
Naomi Watts' Rough Year Paging Lacuna, Inc
She's Finally Got It Angela Lansbury & Honorary Oscars
International Transgendered Day an Oscar Trivia List
Critics Choice Young Actor/Actress Ballots who should be on them?
Animated Features 2003 the 10th anniversary of a key Oscar shortlist
The Best Man Holiday opens big
Frozen = Wicked is this the closest we're getting to the stage musical onscreen?
- NATHANIEL R
It's the end of November, and Peter Travers knows that turkeys on the Thanksgiving table means plenty of turkeys at the movies. So while you're recovering from your tryptophan coma and trying to figure out what film to see, our fearless critic has brought out his faithful Scum Bucket – and his fowl friend Gobbles! – to help you steer clear of November's worst movies.
See Which Movie Peter Travers Calls "Spectacular"
Fittingly, the worst-of-the-worst is Free Bird, a poorly animated kids movie about turkeys that Travers urges you to avoid at all costs. »
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