WORLD WAR Z Star Matthew Fox Says Production Turmoil is Internet Rumor; Talks Navy SEAL Role & Trilogy Potential
Published: September 20, 2012 - 6:40pm
The upcoming adaptation of author Max Brooks' zombie-laced, post apocalyptic survival novel stars Brad Pitt and Matthew Fox, and is currently scheduled for theatrical release in 2013.
World War Z revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
World War Z, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel by "zombie expert" Max Brooks, is director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) based on a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan. Last year Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) were brought on board to retool the script. The film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.
Paramount Pictures has scheduled it for for theatrical release June 21st, 2013.
Fox, most known for his role on the hit TV series Lost, is playing a Navy SEAL in the action-packed film. Though few details about story have been made public, he recently offered insight into where his character fits into the chaotic, worldwide epidemic:
"My role...he’s a Navy SEAL. Marc and I‘s idea on that was he’s a guy who basically is – Brad Pitt’s character goes off to find a solution to this global epidemic, and he is a global problem solver and has a history with the UN and sort of disaster relief. And he leaves his family in a situation on a quarantine flotilla, essentially like a military ship. And my character, this Navy SEAL, who rescued Brad Pitt and his family off a rooftop in Philadelphia, helicopter rescue, this guy is kind of slightly fractured by what’s happening in the world. I mean he’s spent his whole life mission oriented, spent his whole life sort of target oriented and the enormity of what’s going on and the massive human loss of what’s going on and his inability to feel like he has any control."
"So you’ve got the Brad Pitt character who’s the sort of global macro-problem solver, and you have a navy seal who is very, very mission oriented and very micro oriented feeling that he has absolutely no way to control anything. It kind of fractures him and he fixates on the fact that he feels that this man has sort of abandoned this family, and he co-opts this family and basically takes over while the Brad Pitt character is out finding a solution to the problem. So at the end of the film you have him trying to come back to his family and yet his family has essentially been taken over by a man who has kind of, is, is broken."
Regarding the torrent of rumors that have spread about the production, including claims that only an hour of usable film was captured during principle photography, Fox deduces that it is simply an exaggeration:
"I think that the turmoil thing has been, it’s one of those things that we live in a world these days where somebody can float an idea on the Internet whether they, and they can have no basis for expertise on that idea...they can have no basis in fact at all and suddenly it become like a notion out there that World War Z is having problems. Everybody who I’ve spoken to that’s seen the film – it rocks, dude; it’s going to kick ass. And the only issue that I’m hearing with the film is that they want to work on the third act; the end of the film.
"Obviously it’s supposed to be a trilogy, so they’re, you know I think they’re fine tuning an ending that feels like this movie wraps. In the original script I always felt it was the perfect combination of a complete film on its own and yet at the same time left you going like, 'Oh my god, we need another installment.' And so I think they’re just really fine tuning that, and it might require some additional shooting to get it the way they want it. And I hear that Mr. Lindelof has been brought in to help with that."