WORLD WAR Z In A World Of Trouble: Major Reshoots And A Damon Lindelof Rewrite In The Works

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WORLD WAR Z In A World Of Trouble: Major Reshoots And A Damon Lindelof Rewrite In The Works
Marc Forster's World War Z is in a world of trouble. After a lengthy struggle to get the project off the ground at Paramount, Forster shot the film with a cast anchored by Brad Pitt in 2011. Principal photography has been done for ages and the film should be well into the post production process at this point, prepping for its planned December release.

The first sign of trouble came when that release was pushed back six months to June of 2013. That's a big push, but not unheard of. But then word start to circulate through the British tabloids that Pitt and the principal cast were being called back for extensive reshoots. Again, reshoots are not that uncommon but according to reports the cast was being brought back for a whopping seven weeks of reshoots - a time commitment longer than most films' entire principal photography schedule. If these reports are accurate - again, they came through the UK tabloids, which is why we didn't repeat them - then this is a sign not of a few scenes that need tweaking but of major, major changes.

And now that shoe has well and truly dropped: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof has been brought on to rewrite the script with particular attention apparently being paid to the final act.

Even if this works out this is disastrous for what was already an expensive, high risk movie. The cost overruns involved in doing this sort of work are staggering and the studio doing so a sure sign that they are in damage control mode. This is about stopping the bleeding.
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Marc ForsterMatthew Michael CarnahanDrew GoddardDamon LindelofJ. Michael StraczynskiMax BrooksBrad PittMireille EnosDaniella KerteszJames Badge DaleActionAdventureHorror

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Kurt HalfyardJune 8, 2012 2:16 PM

This all might stem back to the fact that the source material is rather weak and for the most part, uninteresting, but yet still frightfully expensive to make. I've never had faith in this project, mainly because I rather loathe the book which seems to be more of a drunken night with your buddies brainstorming rather than a coherent ... anything.

Ard VijnJune 8, 2012 3:40 PM

Well, at least it is Damon Lindelof fixing it.

Say what you want: if there is one thing that PROMETHEUS will be remembered for, it's people talking about the script.

Todd BrownJune 8, 2012 4:38 PM

Ha! This is actually a pretty zero risk gig for ANY writer. Everybody now knows the film is a mess so you cash the check and put in a couple weeks work and if it turns out okay you're a genius! And if it doesn't, it's all the previous guy's fault.

RossJune 9, 2012 5:32 AM

Getting Lindelof in to rewrite the script is like calling in a butcher to deliver a baby pig.

Greg RiveraJune 10, 2012 5:19 PM

This production lost my ticket purchase at the news that it was going to be rated PG-13.

Shelagh M. Rowan-LeggJune 11, 2012 9:31 AM

I just don't think that the book (which I love) lends itself to film; too many voices, too many stories, that need to use the literary form in order to succeed. I never could see how this would be an well-made film. This news now pretty much guarantees that I won't see it.

evilbloggerladyJune 11, 2012 11:38 AM
JahsoldierJune 11, 2012 1:13 PM

Sadly I enjoyed the book and the news about the movie only seems to get worse and worse.

Considering that I found the script for Prometheus flawed and the Lost storyline to be self inflated nonsense, Lindelof's entrance doesn't fill me with much hope. I think they should bring in Michael Bay to bury this film once and for all.