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Does WORLD WAR Z Have Its DP?

Nordling here.

Bleeding Cool has a scoop about WORLD WAR Z that, if accurate, should get rid of some of the naysayers who complained, and rightfully so, that Marc Forster's QUANTUM OF SOLACE was too much shaky cam and not enough substance for its action scenes.

According to BC and his agency's resume, Oscar winner Robert Richardson will be shooting WORLD WAR Z.  Richardson is one of our best cameramen, having shot  films for Martin Scorsese (he just wrapped HUGO CABRET), Quentin Tarantino (KILL BILL, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), and Oliver Stone (JFK, NATURAL BORN KILLERS), among others.  No one could complain about his skills as a cinematographer - he shoots coherent action scenes, and has a real eye for color and lighting.  His roster includes some of the best shot films of this and last century.  If nothing else, an epic zombie film shot through Richardson's lenses should look amazing.  So that's one concern down, I think.

So it looks like WORLD WAR Z is really going to happen, and with a cinematographer of Richardson's caliber shooting it, it doesn't seem like we're going to get talking heads telling their personal stories in this one - at least, that won't be all we'll get, anyway.

Nordling, out.

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  • April 12, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    All good.

    by Mennen

  • April 12, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST



    The whole idea of a movie about zombie DP sounds perverted. I'm just sayin'.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Bob is a great DP - Drives his crews hard but is exceptional

    by Mennen

  • April 12, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by ROBRAM89

    That's not a visual style he uses all the time, certainly, but it's deranged and beautiful. Motherfucker can make a movie.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Bob kicks ass...

    by Lucky13

    I'm more interested in this movie if his involvement is true. But a PG-13 zombie movie is still gonna be too tame.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. 'Skippy' from family ties


    rest well, sweet prince.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    It'd be nice...

    by Lucky13

    If the studio allows them to shoot it as a hard 'R' and just cut it down for the PG-13 theatrical run... then let it live forever on home-video the correct way.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by 2sdaychicken

    Nothing about Natural Born Killers is visually "coherent." Fuck that movie.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    This is news now?

    by memento108

    Really? Must be a slow news week.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah yeah yeah...

    by Isaac R.

    We'll see.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    is it still pg-13...?

    by Wookie_1995

    because I read the book and it NEEDS to be R!

  • Although I must say that "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" is one of my favorite docs of all time. Great, great Morris piece.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    That should have been "Best Boy..."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    "Head Boy" LOL!!!! Some times, I kill me....

  • April 12, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Skippy Is Alive And Well

    by Tom

    Dude this isn't 4chan. Knock it off with the fake celebrity deaths and "sweet prince" comments. Go back to /b/.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    I have high hopes for this movie!

    by Eternal Optimist

    The novel this is based on is... zombie-tastic! It'll be hard to translate it into a movie but, if they manage it successfully, it's going to... eat our brains with its awesomeness!

  • April 12, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Please, no shaky cam.

    by cookylamoo

    I had to walk out of "Battle for LA" which I really wanted to see.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Very much worried that a single film can but FAIL

    by SadTruth

    I just cannot see any way that a single 90-120 minute film can even scratch the surface. Hell, Battle of Yonkers could fill that without a dull moment. Downed lady pilot could easily fill 60 minutes. South Africa??? Could they pull an LOTR 3 movies shot concurrently? Possibly. Will they? Most assuredly not. If I'm wrong I'll happily eat crow right here in the talkback after having luxuriated in that universe.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Forster, Richardson, Pitt=COOL!

    by BradZuhl

    This is really coming together nicely. The book is terrific, though very episodic. Can't wait to see this one.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Waltz With Bashir is like a WWZ movie

    by Liam Brazier

    I can't really picture how they'll structure a standard movie structure out of World War Z. I still believe Waltz With Bashir is the closest in tone and content, but that's far from 'mainstream' Hollywood.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I'm not into DP

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    But whatever it works for you, guys.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    akaziel - thx. Morons... more and more on this site.

    by Mennen

  • April 12, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    The danger in DP is...

    by v3d

    Accidently crossing swords.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    akaziel deserves an award for awesomeness.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • April 12, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    "Accidently crossing swords"...

    by Lucky13

    Doesn't happen if you're willing to participate in DP. I argue that one HOPES to cross swords if you're doing that stuff.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Just started reading this yesterday

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • If you're actively using that euphemism you've got to be like fourteen years old. If you fucking weirdos are going to discuss this, don't dance around it. Own it. Just say "rubbed your veinous boner against another man's swollen cock". It's much more direct, way funnier, and entirely less retarded than "crossing swords".

  • April 12, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    6 million Zombies dressed in their Pajamas.

    by cookylamoo

    That alone would be worth seeing.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    What's a DP?

    by The StarWolf

    Honestly. Spell it out. Avoids people going 'hunh?!" As for "Quantum of Solace's problem wasn't with the DP, it was with the fucking editing", I disagree. It was with the basic story. And characters. Bloefeld I remember. Goldfinger I remember. The villain in QUANTUM? Utterly forgettable. And the plot? Silly, silly, silly.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I thought for sure it was going to be Sasha Grey for DP

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    Damn it, I'm never right. Maybe she can be a Grip. They're the one's that give the hand jobs, right?

  • April 12, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by Henry Fool

    Your comment wasn't quite worth a LOL, but it did make me giggle.

  • The draft I read did not have the downed pilot, did not have the blind Chinese man, did not have the submarine (which, if done right, could be incredibly creepy), or several other great stories. Too bad they can make more money off a movie than an HBO min-series, which I'll join the pile-on in saying that's the only way to do this book justice.<p> Further, where in the book the big secret that the investigator was being warned off from was the Redeker Plan, in the script the "big secret" was how the military screwed up the Battle of Yonkers. Really need to hide the fact that the military should have had more snipers in high places instead of relying on bombs and street-level gunfire. *Yawn* What a ridiculous premise.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Please make the protagonists genuinely terrified

    by Ray Gamma

    As opposed to the way that the characters in "The Walking Dead" seem to accept the zombies as if they are nothing more disturbing than an outbreak of pesky rabbits.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    It wasn't the fucking editing...

    by IndyJonze

    It was the fucking director, Marc Forster, who can't direct action scenes, period. And the director supervises the editing and makes sure the editor cuts the film the way the director sees it. Marc Forster is the guy to nail here!

  • April 12, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I hear their craft services guy is going to be phenomenal.

    by Gozu

    So any worries about this movie's cast not being well-fed and having a steady supply of M&Ms and wasabi peas can now be put to rest.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Who cares? The book plays like a soulless version of

    by Flip63Hole

    Walking Dead.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    World War Z

    by Henry Fool probably my favorite novel ever written in the postmodern tradition. It's not really suited for a feature film, though.<br /> <br /> The story is set in a future where mankind has basically rebuilt civilization after its been ravaged by a zombie outbreak. No single character appears in more than one chapter. Each chapter is basically a different short story framed as a nonfiction interview that the narrator conducts with different survivors of the zombie apocalypse. <br /> <br /> Because of that, whatever they end up filming is certain to have little resemblance to the book. A good movie needs a protagonist that wants something related to a past they still need to deal with. And they need a story to find themselves in. This is a book with almost two dozen protagonists!<br /> <br /> Remember the trouble Charilie Kauffman had with Susanne Orlean's "The Orchid Thief" so instead wrote "Adaptation"? Whoever scripts this movie is going to be in an even worse situation than Kauffman was. Even if it ends up being good, this movie will be to Max Brook's novel what Milos Foreman's film version of "Hair" was to the original Broadway musical. It might be familiar to people who've read the book but it will still be too far removed from its source material for that to really matter.

  • Redeker, the campground families, the soviet decimations, the old VP and the new president. Lose the blind samurai, the airplane chick, the dive/dog teams, the spielbergo director, historical records, and the viral nature of the outbreak

  • April 12, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    They actually made HUGO CABRET?

    by CountryBoy

    Scorsese already did his 3D kids' movie, and I didn't even know?

  • April 12, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    There was no blind Chinese man.

    by Shan

    There was a blind Japanese one though.

  • April 13, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    You'll definitely cross swords if...

    by v3d

    it's two swords, one scabbard.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Hopefully they're not using the Straczynski script, it's fucking awful

    by The Dude Abides

  • April 13, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    A great cinematographer means nothing without a great DIRECTOR to guide him

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Brett Ratner had fucking DANTE SPINOTTI shooting most of his films, and they still looked like ass. Having Robert Richardson shooting a Marc Forster movie is like having Picasso paint a fence.

  • April 14, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    by Wade

    World War Z was written so badly, and such a bad book, but the concept was good. I hope they don't follow the original material too closely.

  • April 14, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    World War Z was a terrible book. Hope the movie is good.

    by Wade

  • April 19, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    Shut your faggot trap, queer! Assfucker.