Reshoots are common on movies these days, with filmmakers going back for a few days or sometimes even two or three weeks to tweak scenes or add material they realized they needed once they got into the editing room. But seven weeks of reshoots? That sounds like a movie that's got some major problems.
According to the Daily Mail, the zombie epic World War Z, starring Brad Pitt and based on Max Brooks' excellent novel, has headed to Budapest for seven more weeks of filming on the project after wrapping months ago.
The movie, directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), has already had its release date pushed back from Dec. 21, 2012, to June 21, 2013. It was assumed at the time that the idea was to get a dark horror spectacle out of the Christmas season, but now we may know the real reason for the delay.
To put it in perspective: The very troubled John Carter had reshoots too, but those only lasted 18 working days, or about three and a half weeks. World War Z needs twice as much, which indicates ... well, we're not sure what that indicates, frankly.
World War Z isn't the first tentpole-style picture to get into this situation recently: G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been hauled back into the shop for some extensive reworking, while the Keanu Reeves medieval fantasy 47 Ronin had its release date moved from this November to February 2013 to accommodate another lengthy reshoot schedule, possibly with a new director replacing first-timer Carl Erik Rinsch.
Until we hear differently, we'll assume that Marc Forster is still at the helm of World War Z, and we hope that things turn out all right for the movie, which we've been anticipating for a couple of years now. But as one would-be blockbuster after another keeps bombing at the box office—see Dark Shadows, John Carter, Battleship and possibly Snow White and the Huntsman (it's too early to tell just yet on that one)—does it seem to you that studio execs are getting more nervous about the movies they're making?