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2013-04-05 11:38:24 AM
Yes it is. It's PG-13 (the zombies don't bleed, and apparently neither do the humans), focuses on a single story (that I'm not even sure was in the book), has unbelievably fast zombies that move more like a tsunami than horde, and seems to throw out everything that made the book interesting.

The director also said, when asked if Max Brooks had any input, he said "I met Max a couple times when we just spoke about the book and his intentions and I think, ultimately, he just gave his blessings."

Delays may not spell immediate doom for a movie, but everything leading up to this movie does.

Hell look at video games. Bioshock Infinite was delayed for 3 years, and it's fantastic. Aliens: Colonial Marines was delayed almost 6 years and it's a complete turd.
 
2013-04-05 12:17:28 PM

scottydoesntknow: Aliens: Colonial Marines was delayed almost 6 years and it's a complete turd.


In defense, part of this was the built up expectation from the previews
 
2013-04-05 12:18:53 PM
oi48.tinypic.com

/gonna suck
 
2013-04-05 12:22:23 PM
How many times was the Red Dawn remake delayed?

/It was the suckiest suck-suck that ever sucked a suck.
 
2013-04-05 12:24:48 PM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: scottydoesntknow: Aliens: Colonial Marines was delayed almost 6 years and it's a complete turd.

In defense, part of this was the built up expectation from the previews


And they were completely false. Hell the UK Advertising board forced Sega to put disclaimers on all trailers/ads stating "this does not reflect actual in-game graphics" because they misled so many people.
 
2013-04-05 12:25:42 PM
Still holding my breath for this one

www.cinema-suicide.com
 
2013-04-05 12:29:07 PM

MyKingdomForYourHorse: scottydoesntknow: Aliens: Colonial Marines was delayed almost 6 years and it's a complete turd.

In defense, part of this was the built up expectation from the completely bullshiat previews


FTFY
 
2013-04-05 12:30:21 PM
When the words "release date change" start to plague a movie, we immediately expect something rather disastrous.

I don't think that's necessarily the case, particularly when it's due to a studio going under. I mean Cabin in the Woods and the Red Dawn remake were both delayed by MGM's bankruptcy, and my expectations on the former were pretty much 180° from my expectations on the latter.
 
2013-04-05 12:30:25 PM
Titanic....can EABOD.
 
2013-04-05 12:31:40 PM
Yes but most of those delays were caused by either money problems of the distributer causing the films to be shopped around for a long time.   They only had one film on the list that had reshoots (Boorne)....  WWZ is going to suck, no movie goes through 7 weeks of reshoots and is good.
 
2013-04-05 12:34:29 PM
How did Apocalypse Now not make the list?!
 
2013-04-05 12:35:58 PM
For a given value of "good".
 
2013-04-05 12:37:10 PM
"Wool" better not suck.
 
2013-04-05 12:38:35 PM

Saiga410: Yes but most of those delays were caused by either money problems of the distributer causing the films to be shopped around for a long time.   They only had one film on the list that had reshoots (Boorne)....  WWZ is going to suck, no movie goes through 7 weeks of reshoots and is good.


No WWZ is going to suck because it is going to be this huge CG mess filled with zombies that flow like water..
 
2013-04-05 12:46:53 PM

scottydoesntknow: Yes it is. It's PG-13 (the zombies don't bleed, and apparently neither do the humans), focuses on a single story (that I'm not even sure was in the book), has unbelievably fast zombies that move more like a tsunami than horde, and seems to throw out everything that made the book interesting.

The director also said, when asked if Max Brooks had any input, he said "I met Max a couple times when we just spoke about the book and his intentions and I think, ultimately, he just gave his blessings."

Delays may not spell immediate doom for a movie, but everything leading up to this movie does.

Hell look at video games. Bioshock Infinite was delayed for 3 years, and it's fantastic. Aliens: Colonial Marines was delayed almost 6 years and it's a complete turd.


Bioshock Infinite is fantastic so far. I surely thought the delay was going to kill it, but I've found that if you can't fix it in 3 years, throw it out. I call this "The Law of Chinese Democracy".
 
2013-04-05 12:47:56 PM

Teetotaler: How did Apocalypse Now not make the list?!


Everything about the production of that movie was an epic disaster
 
2013-04-05 12:51:00 PM
Point is, I liked 2005 Anna Paquin better than I like 2013 Anna Paquin.
 
2013-04-05 12:52:16 PM

darkmayo: Saiga410: Yes but most of those delays were caused by either money problems of the distributer causing the films to be shopped around for a long time.   They only had one film on the list that had reshoots (Boorne)....  WWZ is going to suck, no movie goes through 7 weeks of reshoots and is good.

No WWZ is going to suck because it is going to be this huge CG mess filled with zombies that flow like water..


World War Z is going to suck because they're not making World War Z; they're making "Generic Zombie Movie 2013."  If they had just called it something other than "World War Z" it might have been a fine summer diversion, but the title comes with certain expectations that were never going to be met outside of a miniseries format.

I'm looking forward to Ender's Game, but I refuse to spend a penny that goes towards Orson Scott Card.  Looks like I'll be sneaking into a movie for the first time since I was 15.
 
2013-04-05 12:54:22 PM
the Tree Of Life put me to sleep, more than once.
 
2013-04-05 12:54:50 PM
If you have the time, and like documentaries, 'Lost in La Mancha' is an awesome film.  It's about Terry Gilliam's attempt to get 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' off the ground, but is met with set back after set back.
 
2013-04-05 12:57:44 PM

Stile4aly: darkmayo: Saiga410: Yes but most of those delays were caused by either money problems of the distributer causing the films to be shopped around for a long time.   They only had one film on the list that had reshoots (Boorne)....  WWZ is going to suck, no movie goes through 7 weeks of reshoots and is good.

No WWZ is going to suck because it is going to be this huge CG mess filled with zombies that flow like water..

World War Z is going to suck because they're not making World War Z; they're making "Generic Zombie Movie 2013."  If they had just called it something other than "World War Z" it might have been a fine summer diversion, but the title comes with certain expectations that were never going to be met outside of a miniseries format.

I'm looking forward to Ender's Game, but I refuse to spend a penny that goes towards Orson Scott Card.  Looks like I'll be sneaking into a movie for the first time since I was 15.


Orson Scott Card proves that sometimes, one hit wonder is what you should aim for.  Frankly, I blame a full frontal lobotomy, because I can't think of any other reason why Ender's Game is so awesome, and the other books all suck so hard.
 
2013-04-05 01:01:02 PM

halB: Frankly, I blame a full frontal lobotomy, because I can't think of any other reason why Ender's Game is so awesome, and the other books all suck so hard.


he actually wrote speaker for the dead first...ender's game was more or less a prequel to it.

/i agree, the other books sucked
//even ender's shadow
///yes it did.
 
2013-04-05 01:04:37 PM
Sorry. WWZ is already lost to me. I've already seen "I am Legend" and "Battle: Los Angeles". I don't need to see them mashed together like this.
 
2013-04-05 01:05:29 PM

scottydoesntknow: Yes it is. It's PG-13 (the zombies don't bleed, and apparently neither do the humans), focuses on a single story (that I'm not even sure was in the book), has unbelievably fast zombies that move more like a tsunami than horde, and seems to throw out everything that made the book interesting.

The director also said, when asked if Max Brooks had any input, he said "I met Max a couple times when we just spoke about the book and his intentions and I think, ultimately, he just gave his blessings."

Delays may not spell immediate doom for a movie, but everything leading up to this movie does.

Hell look at video games. Bioshock Infinite was delayed for 3 years, and it's fantastic. Aliens: Colonial Marines was delayed almost 6 years and it's a complete turd.


My thoughts, exactly.

I'm not someone who believes that adaptations have to slavishly follow the original, but this seems to be a case where they really liked the title and didn't give two craps about the story.
 
2013-04-05 01:06:03 PM

scottydoesntknow: The director also said, when asked if Max Brooks had any input, he said "I met Max a couple times when we just spoke about the book and his intentions and I think, ultimately, he just gave his blessings gave out a sigh and said "F*ck it. Whatever. I got my check. I don't care anymore."

 
2013-04-05 01:06:30 PM
This is strange.  The linked page does not contain a list of 7 good movies, but rather 2 good movies and 5 shiatty ones.  I refuse to believe that the headline was misleading- that just doesn't seem possible.  This must be some sort of weird internet error.
 
2013-04-05 01:07:01 PM

Andrew Wiggin: [oi48.tinypic.com image 625x977]

/gonna suck


Like a Leatherman behind a dumpster at the Folsom Street Fair.
 
2013-04-05 01:08:50 PM

bulok: Still holding my breath for this one


www.cinema-suicide.com

What if John Carpenter had the film rights to "Game of Thrones"?
 
2013-04-05 01:08:56 PM

Lee's_Austin: If you have the time, and like documentaries, 'Lost in La Mancha' is an awesome film.  It's about Terry Gilliam's attempt to get 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' off the ground, but is met with set back after set back.


I just watched that last week.  Talk about a cursed production.  According to Wiki, he's since bought the rights to the film back from the insurance company and still plans on making it.  After seeing some of the early stages of the film in the documentary, I really want to see this film completed.  Terry Gilliam seems like the perfect match for a Don Quixote film.
 
2013-04-05 01:10:39 PM

NeoCortex42: Lee's_Austin: If you have the time, and like documentaries, 'Lost in La Mancha' is an awesome film.  It's about Terry Gilliam's attempt to get 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' off the ground, but is met with set back after set back.

I just watched that last week.   Talk about a cursed production.  According to Wiki, he's since bought the rights to the film back from the insurance company and still plans on making it.   After seeing some of the early stages of the film in the documentary, I really want to see this film completed.  Terry Gilliam seems like the perfect match for a Don Quixote film.


Agreed!
 
2013-04-05 01:11:16 PM

halB: Stile4aly: darkmayo: Saiga410: Yes but most of those delays were caused by either money problems of the distributer causing the films to be shopped around for a long time.   They only had one film on the list that had reshoots (Boorne)....  WWZ is going to suck, no movie goes through 7 weeks of reshoots and is good.

No WWZ is going to suck because it is going to be this huge CG mess filled with zombies that flow like water..

World War Z is going to suck because they're not making World War Z; they're making "Generic Zombie Movie 2013."  If they had just called it something other than "World War Z" it might have been a fine summer diversion, but the title comes with certain expectations that were never going to be met outside of a miniseries format.

I'm looking forward to Ender's Game, but I refuse to spend a penny that goes towards Orson Scott Card.  Looks like I'll be sneaking into a movie for the first time since I was 15.

Orson Scott Card proves that sometimes, one hit wonder is what you should aim for.  Frankly, I blame a full frontal lobotomy, because I can't think of any other reason why Ender's Game is so awesome, and the other books all suck so hard.


I actually got to meet Orson Scott Card when I was 12 years old. He was the guest author at Lenoir Rhyne University. I really do believe that the man is insane, and not in a good way. Homophobic doesn't begin to describe him. He literally believes that gays are trying to kill him.

/Ender was good, and that ends the list.
 
2013-04-05 01:11:57 PM

SkylineRecords: scottydoesntknow: Yes it is. It's PG-13 (the zombies don't bleed, and apparently neither do the humans), focuses on a single story (that I'm not even sure was in the book), has unbelievably fast zombies that move more like a tsunami than horde, and seems to throw out everything that made the book interesting.

The director also said, when asked if Max Brooks had any input, he said "I met Max a couple times when we just spoke about the book and his intentions and I think, ultimately, he just gave his blessings."

Delays may not spell immediate doom for a movie, but everything leading up to this movie does.

Hell look at video games. Bioshock Infinite was delayed for 3 years, and it's fantastic. Aliens: Colonial Marines was delayed almost 6 years and it's a complete turd.

Bioshock Infinite is fantastic so far. I surely thought the delay was going to kill it, but I've found that if you can't fix it in 3 years, throw it out. I call this "The Law of Chinese Democracy".


The original half life was practically done before gabe decided to start from scratch. Payed off
 
2013-04-05 01:12:18 PM

halB: Orson Scott Card proves that sometimes, one hit wonder is what you should aim for.  Frankly, I blame a full frontal lobotomy, because I can't think of any other reason why Ender's Game is so awesome, and the other books all suck so hard.


I thought that the first few Alvin Maker books were pretty good. It wasn't until he got to Heartfire (where we learn that Puritanism was good and that separation of church and state is bad) that that series went wholly off the rails. I also thought that the Homecoming books had potential, at first... but became unreadable the more they hewed to being a retelling of Mormon history (and then got utterly pointless and weird once they reached Earth).

I also liked a lot of his short stories. I'm not embarrassed to admit that I was always happy to see his name on the cover of Asimovs.

It does, however, seem that the more politically active he's become, the worse his writing has become, especially when it's crept into his writing. I'm not sure what brought it about (it started before 9/11, so he doesn't get that excuse), but it's a shame that it happened.
 
2013-04-05 01:21:10 PM

halB: Stile4aly: darkmayo: Saiga410: Yes but most of those delays were caused by either money problems of the distributer causing the films to be shopped around for a long time.   They only had one film on the list that had reshoots (Boorne)....  WWZ is going to suck, no movie goes through 7 weeks of reshoots and is good.

No WWZ is going to suck because it is going to be this huge CG mess filled with zombies that flow like water..

World War Z is going to suck because they're not making World War Z; they're making "Generic Zombie Movie 2013."  If they had just called it something other than "World War Z" it might have been a fine summer diversion, but the title comes with certain expectations that were never going to be met outside of a miniseries format.

I'm looking forward to Ender's Game, but I refuse to spend a penny that goes towards Orson Scott Card.  Looks like I'll be sneaking into a movie for the first time since I was 15.

Orson Scott Card proves that sometimes, one hit wonder is what you should aim for.  Frankly, I blame a full frontal lobotomy, because I can't think of any other reason why Ender's Game is so awesome, and the other books all suck so hard.


There is a far out there theory that he did not personally write Ender's Game. It is almost certainly bullshiat, but it still interesting to read in light of how much of an asshole he has shown himself to be in recent times. It shows him being just as much of a dick back in the 80s. Of course if somebody gets accused of writing an apologia for Hitler, anybody is probably going to be pretty pissed.

Link if you are interested: http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/5/28/22428/7034
 
2013-04-05 01:22:46 PM
I don't care what anyone says I'm looking forward to the delayed premier of "The Great Gatsby".
 
2013-04-05 01:23:20 PM

Stile4aly: darkmayo: Saiga410: Yes but most of those delays were caused by either money problems of the distributer causing the films to be shopped around for a long time.   They only had one film on the list that had reshoots (Boorne)....  WWZ is going to suck, no movie goes through 7 weeks of reshoots and is good.

No WWZ is going to suck because it is going to be this huge CG mess filled with zombies that flow like water..

World War Z is going to suck because they're not making World War Z; they're making "Generic Zombie Movie 2013."  If they had just called it something other than "World War Z" it might have been a fine summer diversion, but the title comes with certain expectations that were never going to be met outside of a miniseries format.

I'm looking forward to Ender's Game, but I refuse to spend a penny that goes towards Orson Scott Card.  Looks like I'll be sneaking into a movie for the first time since I was 15.


I do not think it will even be a workable genre film.  I probably could take myself out of the book universe and watch it as brain candy but with the reshoots and rewrites I expect it to be a cobbled piece of trash.

With people talking about video games I am amazed the the most famous lost in development hell game has not been mentioned.  DNF
 
2013-04-05 01:38:26 PM
Variety called [The Bourne Identity] "A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare" while Empire stated that "a sequel would be welcome." Three Two sequels did indeed follow.

We don't talk about the third one.
 
2013-04-05 01:41:21 PM

Saiga410: With people talking about video games I am amazed the the most famous lost in development hell game has not been mentioned. DNF


I played through when it finally came out, and its a damn shame because there is a polished gem in there amongst the sea of shiat that game creates. There were moments where I actually enjoyed myself, only to be crushed to smithereens as I'm forced into obvious path lines of idiotic platforming.

Whoever thought the idea of extended platform sequences during a FPS needs to get the Casino Royale chair treatment
 
2013-04-05 01:42:26 PM

bulok: Still holding my breath for this one

[www.cinema-suicide.com image 550x368]


I am far more excited about that then world war Z.
 
2013-04-05 01:48:03 PM

tricycleracer: Variety called [The Bourne Identity] "A first-rate thriller with grit and intrigue to spare" while Empire stated that "a sequel would be welcome." Three Two sequels did indeed follow.

We don't talk about the third one.


Saw it recently and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely fizzled at the end though
 
2013-04-05 02:05:49 PM
From what I've seen of WWZ (work at a major post production/distribution company) they should just rebrand it Left4Dead and be done with it.
 
2013-04-05 02:22:44 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: /Ender was good, and that ends the list.


I enjoyed Speaker and Xenocide after that, and the first book that featured Bean.  I tried reading one of his modern works and it was basically a rant on how Democrats were killing the country,
 
2013-04-05 02:25:10 PM
I have NO hope in World War Z

CGI zombies that run

Magic stealth dump trucks

abandoning the plot of the book

It will probably make its budget back but it will still suck
 
2013-04-05 02:25:35 PM
This doesn't seem like a list for people who actually enjoy films.  The Fountain should be here anyway... it is remarkable that it got made, and re-made, and still worked.  I would like to see what the originally intended product would have looked like.
 
xcv
2013-04-05 02:32:43 PM

scottydoesntknow: Yes it is. It's PG-13 (the zombies don't bleed, and apparently neither do the humans), focuses on a single story (that I'm not even sure was in the book), has unbelievably fast zombies that move more like a tsunami than horde, and seems to throw out everything that made the book interesting.



I thought Brad Pitt's char was contrived to be the interviewer whose story wasn't really fleshed out in the book?
 
2013-04-05 02:38:58 PM
Weren't there a lot of production problems on the set of "JAWS"?
 
2013-04-05 02:39:57 PM
Terrence Malick and his movies are overrated.
 
2013-04-05 02:42:56 PM
Now, if the author of the article would be so kinda s to point me to 7 movies that have been through endless re-writes and musical chairs of director/producer, and still ended up good, I might have hope for WWZ/Ender's Game.  Or even 7 movies that diverge wildly from their books but find acceptance from the books fans (at best, Starship Troopers comes to mind, but even that is a big stretch)
 
2013-04-05 02:51:17 PM

TrainingWheelsNeeded: Weren't there a lot of production problems on the set of "JAWS"?


The reason the shark exists as an abstract for most of the movie is because they could never get it to work.
 
2013-04-05 02:54:54 PM

Andrew Wiggin: /gonna suck


Just because you took net instead of gross for the rights doesn't mean it will suck.
 
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