Damon Lindelof signs up for World War Z rewrites

News Simon Brew 8 Jun 2012 - 20:08

The movie of World War Z is set for extensive reshoots, with writer Damon Lindelof hired to fix the final act.

Going by the original plan, Paramount was set to release World War Z in cinemas this December. Then, earlier this year, it announced that it was moving the adaptation of Max Brooks' work to next June. This seemed to make sense: given how The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo struggled to make its expected impact last Christmas, with its darker subject matter, the zombie apocalypse seems to be a better fit for the summer.

Sadly, all doesn't seem well, though.

The film has wrapped photography, with Marc Forster directing and Brad Pitt starring. But it seems that extensive reshoots have been ordered. More than that, though, it seems. News is breaking that Damon Lindelof, of Lost and Prometheus fame, has been hired to do rewrites.

That's rewrites, after principal photography has wrapped. That doesn't sound too good.

Basically, it seems that Lindelof has a small window to try and make a bit more sense of the project (and Brooks' book was described as unfilmable by many), before cameras start rolling again. Apparently, his focus will be on the third act of the story.

The June 2013 release date is still holding, and it's unlikely there will be further delays to it. Don't hold us to that, though. Hopefully, all the tinkering and reworking will be worth it.

For now, The Hollywood Reporter has more on the story, here.

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