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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