June 21

By Geoff Boucher
Updated January 11, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST
  • Movie

”With big movies now, you still do all the crazy stuff: the effects and action,” Brad Pitt says. ”But the approach is to make it grounded.” However, for Pitt’s zombie thriller World War Z, which he stars in and produced, the trouble has been getting off the ground. He got the rights to the best-selling namesake novel in 2007, but his plan for a trilogy required a ”complicated macramé” of expanding the plot. Things didn’t get easier after shooting began, with director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) and the star reportedly butting heads over priorities. In early 2012 a chunk of the third act was reshot. Pitt may have given himself a rationale for triage filmmaking last year in Budapest, as he explained the cruel efficiency of the ”Lobotomizer,” a memorable invention imported from the Max Brooks book: “It’s not pretty, but if it works in the moment of truth, that’s all that counts.”

World War Z

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 116 minutes
  • Marc Forster