Marc Forster's film of World War Z appears to be on the absolute tip of the cusp of the verge of crossing the line and entering production. Right as we speak, the film's cinematographer is busy prepping at one of London's big film studios.
The DP in question is Robert Richardson, who recently wrapped Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret down at Shepperton. This time he will be working out of another one of our big production bases, over at Elstree. Amongst Richardson's other credits are Kill Bill, Natural Born Killers and Eight Men Out. He's commonly referred to as a "stylist" and I can certainly see why.
I knew Richardson was going to shoot the picture because his agency put it on his CV, but I was certainly a little surprised to learn just now that he's already got his light meter out.
It's nice to see work pressing ahead like this when, just a few weeks ago, the project seemed to be at real risk of collapse. We'd personally confirmed since then that the film was going to go into production this year, but if Richardson's business is anything to judge by, they're into bona fide pre-production and cameras could roll as soon as next month, perhaps even later this month.
World War Z, if you do not know, will be based upon the book by Max Brooks. It's the one subtitled "An Oral History Of The Zombie War" and if you have even a fleeting interest in perambulatory cadavers, especially those with carnivorous predilections, you owe it to yourself to nab a copy.