Zombie drama adaptation World War Z has had quite the hard time trying to make it to the big screen, and past highly publicized moments have led to a rocky road for the sci-fi feature so far. With actor Matthew Fox reportedly striking a bus driver during filming last year in Cleveland, a raid on a warehouse containing the film’s weapons in Budapest, and Paramount’s delay of the film from Christmas of this year until next summer, tensions have been high around the feature with a scramble to iron out issues only making matters worse. With the movie needing all the help it can get as its ready to enter reshoots later this year, it seems the studio will be turning to someone very much rooted in sci-fi for some help on the script.
THR reports that Damon Lindelof, co-creator of LOST and writer of Prometheus, has been recruited by Paramount to perform rewrites on World War Z. The section said to be the most in trouble is the third and final act of the film, which will then be followed by “significant reshoots” later this year in order to truly piece the story together.
“Yes, because if LOST gave us anything it was a fully satisfying and wrapped up ending,” is likely what most people are thinking.
Lindelof recently signed a deal with Warner Brothers Television to develop multiple new series for network television, and while he’s said to be venturing out of films, this looks to be one of his final outings in cinema before he fully turns his attention over to the smaller screen. His script for Prometheus has been hotly debated in reviews this past week, with some even calling the writing flimsy, cliched, and unsatisfying by the end. It’ll be interesting to see if the reception of Prometheus from this weekend shifts Paramount’s focus on the hiring and if the studio will choose to also bring in an additional writer to touch up the script following Lindelof
Directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace), Brad Pitt plays Gerry Lane, an U.N. who scours the world collecting stories of those who have survived ten years after the worldwide epidemic known as World War Z. Pitt is surrounded by a cast that includes The Killing‘s Mireille Enos, Bryan Cranston, James Badge Dale, Anthony Mackie and more, with some details being kept under wraps.
The reshoots will begin this September or October, with a scheduled release date currently set for June 21st, 2013.