Matthew Michael Carnahan

Late last week, the Daily Mail reported that Marc Forster‘s World War Z was set to undergo some massive reshoots in Budapest this fall, with the venerable Baz Bamigboye reporting that the production, wrapped for almost a year, was set to film for a boggling seven additional weeks. And now it looks like things are getting even worse for the Brad Pitt-starring adaptation, because those reshoots will apparently come care of screenwriter Damon Lindelof. The Hollywood Reporter has word that Lindelof has been tapped “to save” the production. He will reportedly focus on the film’s third act – which is deeply hilarious if one considers his apparent inability to really take things past the finish line (yes, I am talking about Prometheus, a film I was fully invested in until its third act, and even LOST and Cowboys & Aliens to varying degrees). The film has already been plagued by potential problems, including the delayed delivery of its first rejiggered script from Matthew Michael Carnahan, who was working off of some drafts by J. Michael Straczynski and the hard fact that World War Z the movie just didn’t sound like “World War Z” the beloved novel by Max Brooks. The main issue – how do you turn a book that’s about a post-zombie outbreak world into a movie about a world in the throes of a zombie outbreak? Oh, and also, how exactly do you focus the action all on one man, even if it is Brad Pitt?

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It’s a wild career Peter Berg has created for himself. The kid from Shocker and Aspen Extreme grew up to have an eclectic mix of directorial offerings. Everything from wicked, black comedies like Very Bad Things and damn solid action flicks like The Rundown. He’s even dabbled in the Summer blockbuster like Hancock and this Friday’s Battleship. I think that movie made Cole angry. Berg’s most important work of art came in the form of Friday Night Lights, arguably the best show in the past decade. You be the judge which side of that fence I fall on. Clear eyes. Full heart. Can’t Lose. But we can’t exactly run a Commentary Commentary on the full series run of that show. That would take too long, and there’s not enough Monster in the world to keep the writing juices flowing. So we’ll do one on The Kingdom, Berg’s 2007 film about an FBI investigation of a suicide bombing in Riyadh. That’s in Saudi Arabia, something you’d know if you’ve seen this film’s opening credits. Or watched The Daily Show more often. Enough about TV. On with the Commentary Commentary for The Kingdom.

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Big man on campus Martin Scorsese is just about done working on his upcoming film Hugo, so it’s about time that he figures out what his next project is going to be. To that end, he’s reportedly been circling around a potential film called The Snowman, which is set to be an adaptation of a Jo Nesbo novel of the same name. Nesbo is a Norwegian author known primarily for mystery stories and children’s books whose Harry Hole series has sold more than 5 million copies. The Snowman is the seventh book in a series of them about detective Harry Hole (I definitely recommend turning on your safesearch before researching these novels). Hole is one of those drunken, self-destructive detective archetypes who is always close to be thrown off the force because of his behavior, but ultimately kept around because he gets things done. The Snowman is  a serial killer story that starts off with missing woman’s pink scarf found wrapped around the neck of a creepy snowman. I don’t know exactly what would make a snowman creepy, but the story is set in Oslo, and they probably have a lot more kinds of snowmen there than we do here in the Windy City. I picture it as being snowy.

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It might be a few more weeks until it’s finished, but the highly anticipated script goes to Paramount soon.

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