Drew Goddard plays down World War Z ending fears

News Simon Brew 30 Jul 2012 - 06:57
World War Z - it's coming!

Has the reaction to apparently problems with the film of World War Z been overblown a little...?

If the collective might of the Internet is to be believed, World War Z is a film in a bit of trouble. Originally due for release in December, Paramount understandably pushed the movie back to the summer of 2013, where it was always going to be far more likely to do better business. The adaptation of Max Brooks' hugely popular novel finished its main production shoot earlier this year, with Brad Pitt starring and Marc Forster directing. But since then, rumours of problems have sprouted up.

In particular, the worrying news was that Damon Lindelof had been brought in to put together a new third act for the film, with the cast and crew then brought back for reshoots. Subsequently Lindelof gave his ideas to Drew Goddard when he didn't have the time to do the writing himself, and Goddard got to work.

Not unreasonably, this all raised eyebrows. Rewriting a third act once a film was apparently shot? That couldn't be good, could it?

Well, according to a new interview that Drew Goddard has given with Collider, it might just have been blown out of proportion a little. Appreciating that Goddard is hardly likely to say the film is in deep trouble, he's nonetheless tempered some of the concerns that have been flying around.

“I think a lot of that got blown out of proportion. It really was like, they asked me to come look at the movie and give ideas on how to help, and that’s what happened. That happens all the time, I don’t know why this got blown up with World War Z and it suddenly became a big thing. It’s the sort of thing that happens with screenwriters all the time where you give your ideas on what could help, you write some scenes for people… I feel bad for the sort of magnifying glass that that movie’s under because this is just a normal part of the process, this is just what happens… My involvement was just watch the movie, give some ideas, write some scenes that might help, ADR, just sort of fill in stuff, which is what I did".

The last project reported to have been going through lots of problems during production and post-production, we might add, was Dredd. And the early reviews of that have been really quite positive. Here's hoping World War Z turns out well, then. We'll find out next summer...


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Got no problem with rewrites or reshoots.But do have a problem with zombies that 'turn' in a microsecond and zombies that sprint.Seen both in on set footage.Also changes to the 'character' of Max Brookes' role in the narrative have raised concerns for me personally.All said and done I'm still positive Brad Pitt will deliver something of real quality.

I wasn't concerned but I now that the name Lindelof has been mentioned. After watching Prometheus, I have very little faith in his abilities as a script writer. I wish he hadn't been brought onto Prometheus and it ha just been left as Alien#0.

That man
Lindelof should be silenced for good!

Does anyone really think that a $200 million dollar zombie film, from a major Hollywood studio, has any hope in hell of being decent. They will try and turn it into a tent-pole pic, and that is exactly where they will fail.

Lets show a little optimism,hey?


More optimism? Hmmm I have yet to see any trailer footage of all out combat mayhem as the armed forces of various nations take on the Zombie hordes which is surely the only reason to call it WORLD WAR Z and not, "Brad Pitt running around Glasgow trying to prevent a zombie outbreak". When such WAR footage is seen then I will have optimism.

Bet you're the life and soul at a party.It's still nearly a year away,want do you want; a review?LOL.

I think part of the problem is that anyone who has read the book knows that it is one of those that is incredibly hard to convert to film, and so are expecting it to have problems.

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