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It’s tough being Paramount this week. After the studio unceremoniously gave up on adapting Frank Herbert’s “Dune” by giving up the movie rights after four years of active development, Vulture now says the studio is having trouble finding a partner to front the cost for their $125 million dollar adaptation of Max Brooks’ “World War Z”, which was set to star and be produced by Brad Pitt. You’d think a movie with Brad Pitt wouldn’t have trouble finding financing, but you’d be wrong.
Insiders say an eleventh-hour effort is being made to court frequent Paramount co-financier David Ellison (Mission: Impossible IV, Top Gun II) as well as another, unspecified investor. Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman insists to Vulture, “We’re really committed to making a big, kick-ass giant movie with Marc Forster and Brad Pitt.” Pressed on whether the studio would move forward without a financial partner, Goodman declined to elaborate, saying it was too early to tell.
The film, about the aftermath of a global zombie outbreak, also had Marc Foster (“Quantum of Solace”) attached to direct.
If a partner can’t be found, the film is probably dead. Hey, it’s tough economic times out there, ya know, and $125 million ain’t exactly sofa change, even to Hollywood.