Marc Forster On World War Z's Reshoots
And those fast zombies
The adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z has hit some bumps in the road on its way to the screen, but with the release date fast approaching we recently persuaded director Marc Forster to address some of the questions about the film and tell us why he went for fast zombies. Here's what he told us about that rumoured seven weeks of reshoots.
"No, seven weeks is not correct. We shot for about four-and-a-half. Reshooting was always normal! ...Our reshoots were a little more exposed in the press because we had a different ending. We felt a different ending would serve the movie better. It's the same if you're buying a house and you roll out a nice Persian carpet for your living room and you realise it doesn't really fit."
The film, which will be a PG-13 in the US ("It wasn't an issue," says Forster of the rating), also features fast, swarming zombies.
"What is interesting is the way the zombies move. I was looking at nature and how ants move. They're having this feeding frenzy, and when they're going after the last resources they build this tower of babel, this building of disease. In a sense, [the zombies] are moving fast in a feeding frenzy and need stimulation, otherwise they're roaming and slow. When a shark smells blood he attacks; otherwise he's just roaming around."
The results, of course, remain to be seen when World War Z reaches cinemas on June 21, starring Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale, Bryan Cranston, Matthew Fox and Mireille Enos.
For more on the film, pick up the new Empire when it hits shops on Thursday April 25.