From the sounds of it, Paramount has a bit of an issue on their hands when it comes to their big-budget, new franchise-in-the-making zombie epic “World War Z”. The film, which has apparently been finished under the direction of Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solance”), has already seen its release date pushed from 2012 to Summer 2013. Now comes word that the entire Third Act might have to be rewritten and reshot. Or if not the entire Third Act, then a big chunk of it.
To accomplish that, Paramount has brought in screenwriter Damon Lindelof to work on the Third Act, with the “significant” reshoots set for later this year. No word if that means Marc Foster will also be shooting the new scripted scenes. It’s not unheard of for a studio to take a film out of an original director’s hands if they feel he didn’t deliver the product they wanted. From a publicity stand-point, it always bodes ill for a movie when that happens, especially in today’s 24-hour Internet world.
Lindelof, of course, is most famous for co-creating the mind-bender TV series “Lost”, and most recently co-wrote “Prometheus” for Ridley Scott.
“World War Z” is based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks, and stars Brad Pitt as a U.N. official running around the world trying to contain a zombie outbreak. The movie sounds like it diverts quite a bit from Brooks’ book, which was a series of “testimonies” about the “war” against the undead that has come and gone. From everything I’ve heard and seen of the set images, the movie is not a retro look at the war, but an “as it happens” type of storytelling.
The film also stars Eric West, Matthew Fox, David Morse, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos, David Andrews, and Elyes Gabel.
Via : Heat Vision