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Much has been made about the Third Act issues of Marc Forster’s “World War Z”, the big-budget zombie film (probably the biggest budgeted zombie film ever?) starring Brad Pitt, and based on the novel by Max Brooks. It’s apparently supposed to be the first of a trilogy, but what isn’t nowadays?
Last we heard, “Prometheus” and “Lost” scribe Damon Lindelof had been tapped to “fix” the film’s problematic Third Act, and that a whole chunk of time had been carved out to shoot the new ending later this year. Now we’re hearing from Deadline that while Lindelof had indeed been contracted to bring his skills to the table and “crack” a new ending, he won’t be around to actually, you know, write it. Instead, Lindelof will be handling the actual scripting duties off to Drew Goddard of “The Cabin in the Woods” fame.
But wait, that’s not the end of it!
Besides Goddard following up on Lindelof, Christopher McQuarrie is apparently also on deck to rewrite whatever Goddard turns in. But McQuarrie, who has made a pretty lucrative career as an uncredited (and sometimes credited) script doctor since “The Usual Suspects” shot him to fame, is a very busy man, and after directing Tom Cruise in “Jack Reacher”, he’s scheduled to take a crack at the script for Cruise’s “All You Need is Kill”.
With so many cooks dipping their spoons into the pot, you gotta wonder what kind of ending “World War Z” will end up having. The only good news in all of this is that Marc Forster is expected back to reshoot whatever new ending the studio approves. That’s, you know, something, right?