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Damon Lindelof Rewriting World War Z
Major reshoots on the way too

08 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Damon Lindelof Rewriting World War Z

When news breaks that a big film’s cast and crew is reassembling for re-shoots, it’s no cause for concern. After all, every movie with the budget and schedule for it fits in time to pick up shots, smooth plot points and add more touches here and there. But when the film schedules seven weeks of re-shoots, the warning bells start to sound. Now, with Prometheus co-writer Damon Lindelof hired to do major work on the World War Z script months after it shot and before the re-shoots, that’s when the alarm sirens really howl.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount is parachuting the writer in to re-write chunks of the script, focusing specifically on the third act. He has a bit of time though, as the production is looking to start re-shoots in September or October.

Adapted from Max Brooks’ epic, fake-oral-history book, World War Z tracks a zombie outbreak as it spreads across the planet, from Patient Zero to epidemic to fight back. With Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Anthony Mackie among the cast and Marc Forster directing, it shot in various European locales last year.

While the film was originally scheduled to come out this December, its release has been shoved back to next June. That doesn’t really bode well – and while you could point to Men In Black 3 as a film that shut down to tweak the script and turned out (slightly) better than feared, at least Barry Sonnenfeld and co knew they were going to have to do that. World War Z sounds like it has hit real trouble. But with luck, it’ll work out for the best. After all, with the book being so freakin' awesome, we want the film to live up to that. And it may be that these reshoots have a relatively benign cause: perhaps The Walking Dead stole some of the film's third-act thunder, and they're reshooting to avoid comparisons. We hope.


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RE: BatSpider:
I wish they would just go back to the drawing board with this film altogether. From the footage that has shown up on-line so far looking nothing like the source material and looking more like...spoilers below: ...28 Days later, with running zombies that do not eat people, merely bite them and 'infect' them before getting up and sprinting to the next victim, whilst the person has been bitten has a fit then gets up and immediately starts attacking people; I feel that the film makers More

Posted by waltham1979 at 09:07 on 11 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: elab49:
L: BatSpider Bruv, I can't be bothered to check coz I'm not a statistician or a lawyer, but I'd bet something like Transformers 2 and 3 got similar scores on that site. Not that I ever needed an external resource to make up my own mind whether a movie is rubbish or not. f I remember well they were quite lower than the first. And they definitely are now. It's holding quite well too, not that it means anything. More

Posted by Deviation at 17:08 on 10 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: elab49:
L: darthshellers I find it intriguing how people use phrases like "writer incompetence" without first having the finished Lindelof contributions in unfilmed-script-form. This is perhaps the only way you can fully assess the work he has done on the script. Like I wrote before, Scott often disctates what he wants in his movies, which is precisely why he brought in a second scriptwriter. You also express these opinions as though they are facts, which clearly they aren't... I also find More

Posted by elab49 at 14:34 on 10 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: elab49:
L: darthshellers I find it intriguing how people use phrases like "writer incompetence" without first having the finished Lindelof contributions in unfilmed-script-form. This is perhaps the only way you can fully assess the work he has done on the script. Like I wrote before, Scott often disctates what he wants in his movies, which is precisely why he brought in a second scriptwriter. You also express these opinions as though they are facts, which clearly they aren't... I also fi More

Posted by BatSpider at 13:17 on 10 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Also...
L: elab49 L: darthshellers People forget that Joss Wheaton wrote Alien Resurrection.... Now that film was really bad.... but then again, the scriptwriter is not in any control over what finally appears on screen. nd he's repeatedly said the film is not the film he wrote. And Hollywood seems blind to writer incompetence. If it makes money it must be good - they're idiots. 0% of what he wrote is in the film. Not to mention he has this awful habbit of blaming other peo More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 13:14 on 10 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Also...
L: darthshellers People forget that Joss Wheaton wrote Alien Resurrection.... Now that film was really bad.... but then again, the scriptwriter is not in any control over what finally appears on screen. nd he's repeatedly said the film is not the film he wrote. And Hollywood seems blind to writer incompetence. If it makes money it must be good - they're idiots. More

Posted by elab49 at 10:59 on 10 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Lindelof Bashing??????? Really!!
L: kittybinks Whilst I concur Prometheus is not perfect it is not the disaster some of you say it is. Fact! AVP, AVP:Requiem and Alien Ressurection managed to bastardise and destroy a much respected franchise. ... In terms of atomsphere, dialogue, internal logic and quality I'd suggest Prometheus has a lot more in common with Alien: Resurrection than the three preceding Alien films. More

Posted by Histeria at 10:23 on 10 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Also...
L: darthshellers People forget that Joss Wheaton wrote Alien Resurrection.... Now that film was really bad.... but then again, the scriptwriter is not in any control over what finally appears on screen. fair point. Despite getting sole credit for the screenplay, Whedon claims very little of what he wrote ended up on screen. The studio certainly completely changed the ending. More

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