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Old August 15 2012, 10:30 PM   #121
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Bloody hell that's awful! Usually with a troubled production the first cut tends to be way too long. I've never heard of one not even being able to scrape together an even 60 mins of usable footage. It may be a good idea for the studio to just start over, if not just right the whole thing off. I really can't see it making it's money back, let alone making a profit.
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Old August 15 2012, 11:34 PM   #122
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Or turn it into the TV pilot for HBO.

Problem solved.
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Old August 16 2012, 01:30 AM   #123
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This movie would have been almost a guaranteed winner at the box office. I can't believe they've squandered it this badly. At this point they might as well just shut it down and perhaps let someone start fresh again another time, but it's never going to have the fanbase it did in the few years after the book came out. What a missed opportunity.
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Old August 16 2012, 01:42 AM   #124
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The budget spent so far is around $125 million; with reshoots the film is expected to cost $200 million. There's no way that a major studio like Paramount would cancel a tentpole release like this so deep into production.

I assume the HBO comment was a joke. Of course, there's no way something this expensive would forgo foreign and domestic theatrical box office where it might recoup its budget. (And if someone did make such a boneheaded decision, the movie would go to Showtime, not HBO, since Paramount is the studio here).
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Old August 16 2012, 03:01 AM   #125
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The budget spent so far is around $125 million; with reshoots the film is expected to cost $200 million.
The huge 200 million budget is absolutely going to kill this thing. NO zombie movie should cost that much. Zombie movies have never been a big genre unlike superhero movies.
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Old August 16 2012, 03:58 AM   #126
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I still say they shoulda stuck with JMS' Script, which was apparently "Too true to the book for Geneal Audience". they shoulda used his script and let him assign the Director, I think he woulda brought it in at under $50 Million, and pleased the Fans (And general audience could see it as a Vignette "How to Guide" like that Woody Harrelson Zombie movie where the Not Ready For Prime Time Player (Bill Murray?) gets wasted partying in his own house
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Old August 16 2012, 04:04 AM   #127
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At this point, I'm starting to think the end of the world will happen first before this movie is actually released in theaters!
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Old August 16 2012, 06:08 PM   #128
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The budget spent so far is around $125 million; with reshoots the film is expected to cost $200 million.
The huge 200 million budget is absolutely going to kill this thing. NO zombie movie should cost that much. Zombie movies have never been a big genre unlike superhero movies.
A zombie movie has never been a tentpole release either. This one is, which means it has a bigger production budget, a more expensive and far-reaching marketing campaign, a major studio that will ensure wide distribution (Paramount), an A-list director (though Mark Forster may be headed to the B-list unless this is a big hit), and an A-list star (Brad Pitt), plus some notable supporting players (James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox) that wouldn't normally appear in a film like this.
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Old August 16 2012, 06:17 PM   #129
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If they've got 52 minutes of usable footage... maybe they can add 30 minutes of interview footage? Eh? Ehh? No?
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Old August 16 2012, 07:09 PM   #130
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Hehe, that would be funny if the only way to save the film was to use the good footage interspersed with interview footage essentially giving us something very close to the style of the original book.
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Old August 17 2012, 04:47 AM   #131
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If they've got 52 minutes of usable footage... maybe they can add 30 minutes of interview footage? Eh? Ehh? No?
At this point, I think that might be the ONLY way to save this movie.
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Old August 17 2012, 06:14 AM   #132
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That, or make it into a dance competition. In 3-D.
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Old August 17 2012, 05:13 PM   #133
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Man, this thing sounds like a trainwreck. Dang.
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Old August 17 2012, 06:15 PM   #134
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That's it! A trainwreck scene!
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Old August 17 2012, 07:19 PM   #135
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Maybe they can save costs by reusing trainwreck footage from "The Fugitive". With zombies spliced in, of course.

Maybe I'd better not give them any more ideas.
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