And thanks to the cover of Vanity Fair’s June issue, we now know what you would get if you uploaded a picture of David Spade, Keith Urban, Jeff Bridges, a packed bong and a happy Golden Retriever into one of those baby morphing websites.
VF put Shiloh’s man twin on the cover, because their issue’s main story is all about how it took $200 million and a whole lot of reshoots to turn World War Z into a movie. That mess of a movie finished shooting in late 2011, but when everybody sat down and watched the director’s cut, they realized that they had the second coming of Ishtar on their hands and the entire ending needed to be flushed down the toilet. They brought Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard in to rewrite the ending and they reshot the last 40 minutes of the movie. Here’s a piece from writer Laura M. Holson’s piece on all the fuckery that went down during production:
In her revealing report, Holson also speaks to director Marc Forster and Paramount executives Marc Evans and Adam Goodman about the many problems that plagued the set—which included re-writing and reshooting 40 minutes of the film to find a coherent ending—and, most astonishingly, how the budget ballooned to around $200 million.
While closing down the production in Malta, for instance, the wrap-up crew found a stack of purchase orders related to the cast and extras that had been casually tossed into a desk drawer and forgotten; the amount totaled in the millions of dollars. Marc Evans, president of production at Paramount, was shocked. He calls the overages an “unthinkable action” which needed to be addressed immediately. “It was literally insane. Adam [Goodman, president of the Paramount Film Group] and I believed we’d gotten out of Malta good, and I found out we weren’t. That is a nightmare.”
When it came time to watch the director’s cut, Holson reports, the room was silent. “It was, like, Wow. The ending of our movie doesn’t work,” says Evans. “I believed in that moment we needed to reshoot the movie.” After 10 minutes of polite discussion, everyone left. “We were going to have long, significant discussions to fix this,” he recalls thinking.
World War Z is supposed to come out in June (if they don’t push it back again), but if you really can’t wait to see Brad Pitt handle a zombie, just look at these pictures for now. And Brad Pitt looks so twinkly-eyed and happy in that picture. It’s almost like they got him to light up by waving a pot cupcake at him. (That’s exactly what they did.)