Movie Preview: Fury

Michael Chang, Staff Writer

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Fury is an upcoming 2014 American war film set amongst in World War 2 directed and written by David Ayer. The film stars Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, and Shia LaBeouf.  It is set to be released on October 17, 2014, and retains a budget of $80 million dollars. The film is set during the last month of the European Theater of World War 2, as the Allies make their final push into Nazi Germany, and stars a war-weary U.S. Army sergeant named Wardaddy. Wardaddy commands a Sherman Tank called “Fury” in the  2nd Armored Divison, and commands its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. According to the official synopsis, the men who are outnumbered and outgunned, face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Word of the much hyped film began on February 13, 2013, when Deadline reported that QED International had purchased a project called Fury which would be scripted and directed by David Ayer. Production was set to begin in September 2014, and on April 10, 2013 Sony Pictures won an auction from Universal Pictures for the films international rights while Columbia Pictures  acquired the film’s domestic rights. By April 3, 2013, Sony started to assemble the cast for the film when Brad Pitt entered final talks to take the lead role, and by April 23, Shia LeBeouf was part of the team. By October 7th, 2013 all major casting had commenced and filming was set to go.

Film rehearsal and preparation began in September 2013, and by September 30th, 2013 full filming was underway in the Oxfordshire. Pinewood Studios sent warning letters to the villagers of Shirburn, Pyrton, and Watlington  that there would be some gunfire and explosions during the filming of Fury, and in 15 October 2013, a stuntman was accidentally stabbed in the shoulder by a bayonet  while rehearsing at the set in Pyrton. In November the film caused controversy by shooting a scene on Remembrance Day in which extras wore Nazi uniforms sparking an apology by Ayer and Sony.

Musically, on November 19, 2013 composer Steven Price  signed on to score Ayer’s next WWII film. On August 26, 2014, it was announced that Varese Sarabande would release the original soundtrack album for the film on October 14, 2014. The release date has been pushed up from November 14, 2014 to October 17, 2014. The film will be released in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2014 according to the release schedule of the Film Distributors Association.

            Marketing officially ramped up on May 2, 2014 when People Magazine  revealed two images from the film, and on June 24, 2014, the film’s first teaser poster was released. On June 25, 2014, the studio released the first official trailer for the film, and on September 8, another international trailer for the film was released. Justin Kroll of Variety said, “The tank drama, co-starring Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, is directed by David Ayer and said to be an awards contender.” Michael Cieply of The New York Times said, “In what promises to be one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season that will bring several World War II films, Mr. Ayer, Mr. Pitt and a band of producers backed by Sony Pictures Entertainment are poised to deliver what the popular culture has rarely seen.” Simply put, Fury is bound to be heart-pounding, entertaining, popcorn munching spectacle that will capture the hearts of people for years to come.

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Movie Preview: Fury