Marc Forster : “We wanted the spectators of World War Z are clinging to their armrests”

Marc Forster : "On voulait que les spectateurs de World War Z s'accrochent à leurs accoudoirs"

The zombie film with Brad Pitt will return Sunday night on TF1.

In the meantime to find them together in Quentin Tarantino on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio will compete this weekend at the television. The first will be on Sunday evening on the first channel, the star of the zombie film World War Z, while the second will attempt to survive on the second in The Revenant.

In 2013, First had met the director Marc Forster to talk about his adaptation of World War Z, we are republishing the occasion of this programming. Also note that this film will soon be a sequel, David Fincher should film the next summer.

First photos of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt on the set of the upcoming film by Quentin Tarantino

World War Z is really a blockbuster family the old fashioned way. You can still do that today ?
The book Max Brooks has an atypical structure, with its mosaic of first-person testimonies… To adapt, we wrote a story in three acts with a main character that is strong and smooth from A to Z-linear. What I love with the end result is that it is really old school, it is a great epic film. It has become rather rare in Hollywood today.

What is it that you liked in the history of WWZ ?
There is no better metaphor that the subject of World War Z. Today, the world is very unstable and scary. It was enough to tap into this fear in order to feed the film.

WWZ is still part of a genre-specific.
Yes, but he had to go. I went back to the sources for my inspiration and I looked at the two extremes : the seminal films of George Romero (Night of the living dead) and the more recent 28 days later Danny Boyle. I had to create my own creatures.

How to be original in this area ?
My main idea was to deal with them in hordes. When I was little, grouillements of insects and the flight of hundreds of birds fascinated me. It can be a vision quite creepy. With World War Z, I was able to translate it to the screen, such as, for example, the scene of the “pyramid” where they go to the assault of the wall. As a tsunami. This still resonates with a fear very contemporary. Then, we worked on the steps of the infection : the crisis of epilepsy after the bite, and then the movement of the head as attack dogs once contaminated. And the snap of the jaw to finish… All these small details that the infected WWZ have their specificities.

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The film tells of an epidemic on a global scale. You’re zeroing in on the likelihood ?
Overall I think the film speaks of the exhaustion of the resources of the world, how we walk each other to grab what remains to grab. We are more and more numerous in a space smaller and smaller…

The last third of the slice with the rest of the film, and found an atmosphere of huis-clos…
We wanted a more intimate, tight knit, like a movie haunted house. Most blockbusters end up by a big explosion. We, put it in the middle, with the scene of Jerusalem and that of the aircraft.

In spite of everything, this is not a horror film or a film of gore. This is a disaster movie.
We have concentrated on the notion of intensity, we wanted the audience cling to their arms. Even if there are scenes that are strong, we don’t see blood or the details gory. When we showed the film to the MPAA (editor’s NOTE : the censorship board american), we had to make some adjustments to very minor. But I expected that. And then, there are no bad words or sex, so it was going very well (laughter).

The film is also less pessimistic than one might expect.
We need to be optimistic. It is the only way to survive. Especially in Hollywood.

You have made lots of different films : The kites of Kabul, Quantum of Solace, Machine Gun Preacher... Why World War Z ?
There is always a common thread in my films : the human factor. The producers didn’t want just a big action film. They wanted a human dimension, that the intimate side to be as well treated as the epic side.

How have you met Brad Pitt ?
It’s been a long time that Brad Pitt wanted to work with me. It was on the film project Dallas Buyers Club – which is made in the end with Matthew McConaughey and Jean-Marc Vallée.

Between Brad the actor and Pitt the producer, what is the difference ?
It is easy. On the set, it is the actor, and outside it is the producer. As an actor, he does not interfere with your job, after…

So it does not disconnect ever.
No. He never sleeps (laughs). He even managed to keep time for his family, I wonder how he does it.

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