World War Z’s To Be Re-Written, (Largely) Re-Shot
World War Z was looking to be that rarest of beasts; a zombie action thriller with an A-list cast, a respectable director and a scale and scope befitting a much more “honorable” film than a “zombie” film. But apparently, that sort of set-up isn’t immune to big, big problems, as this Brad Pitt-starring, Marc Forster-directed behemoth will undergo what appears as nothing less than a total overhaul this fall. Seven weeks of reshoots have been scheduled for September and October, and Prometheus and Lost writer Damon Lindelof has been hired to rewrite a large part of the script, including almost the entire third act, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Of course, because of this major uprooting, the release has been pushed back from this December to June 2013, meaning it will miss its poetic release date of the Mayan apocalypse.
This means one of two things happened. A: The film in its current state turned out to be a horrible mess, so Forster and co. are now scrambling to salvage the film. B: The producers have deemed a fine film to be “bad” and thus ordered the crew to make “something else”. Either way, history has told us that neither scenario is likely to yield anything more than a disappointment. So, sorry, World War Z fans. It seems your dreams are going to get broken.