Drew Goddard Now On World War Z

Writing a new third act

Given everything that has happened to it so far, including multiple script drafts in development, problems on set and now reports of big reshoots to work out story issues, you might think that World War Z had become a literal zombie itself, stumbling around without much focus. Just last month, word broke that Lost / Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof had been hired to do some hefty re-writing on the script, but now it turns out that Cabin In The Woods co-writer / director Drew Goddard will be the man carrying out the actual work.

Why is this happening? According to Deadline, Lindelof is such a busy guy (he has just committed to develop novel adaptation The Leftovers for HBO, and script pitch 1952 for Disney among other, unannounced projects) that, while he came up with a possible solution to the thorny third act of WWZ, it’s his former Lost colleague Goddard who will be implementing it, as well as any ideas of his own.

Goddard himself has a little bit of experience with big movies, having written Cloverfield, Cabin In The Woods and man-vs-machine tale Robopocalypse, which Steven Spielberg intends to make as his next film.

World War Z producers Paramount, meanwhile, plan to regroup director Marc Foster, his cast – including Brad Pitt – and crew to tackle the re-shoots when the new script material is finished and schedules allow. We’re still hoping it all turns out well, particularly given how good the basic idea and source novel is…