The ongoing saga of Paramount’s World War Z took another disconcerting turn last month, when reports were circulating that Drew Goddard (the co-writer and director behind the acclaimed, subversive, horror flick, Cabin in the Woods) is scripting a new conclusion for the film, based on an ending conceived by Damon Lindelof.
It seemed reasonable to assume that Goddard had been recruited to overhaul the seemingly-troubled third act of World War Z, given his current status as an in-demand screenwriter (he’s also penning Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalpse). Goddard, however, says that reports of him doing a full-blown script rewrite are greatly exaggerated.
“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.”
Goddard later mentioned that he feels bad about “the sort of magnifying glass [WWZ’s] under,” and that the film’s much-publicized behind the scene struggles are nothing out of the ordinary for blockbusters (going by his own experience).
Still, the six month delay and seven weeks of reshoots do seem unusual, even for an innovative tentpole flick like WWZ (a grounded zombpocalyptic thriller with overt socio-political themes). The project’s been lurching along in a clunky fashion since the get-go, so this could ultimately prove to be one of those great films that was hell to make – or, an over-ambitious, costly, misstep (hopefully not, though).
Eventually, the conversation shifted to Goddard’s interests in superhero properties, where the filmmaker had the following to say:
“You’re talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his wall while growing up. Even when I was 18, I still had the blood red door with the, ‘I have shown him that a man without hope is a man without fear.’ That was what I loved and so it’s the sort of thing that if we can find the right project, I would love to do it.”
Fox’s Daredevil reboot, as it were, is in need of a director, following the departure of David Slade. The script is undergoing a rewrite (courtesy of David James Kelly) and is speculated to be heavily-influenced by Frank Miller’s famous “Born Again” comic storyline. Goddard coincidentally (… or is it?) also spoke warmly of Miller’s Daredevil work.
Many fans would probably approve of Goddard taking on Daredevil, though it might not be enough to stop others from wondering what might’ve been, had Slade called the shots (see: The Wolverine, after Darren Aronofsky left). Fox might want to, at least, consider Goddard for the job – especially while looking for a director to get the reboot into production before the year’s end (when the character rights revert to Marvel).
Would you be interested in a Daredevil reboot directed by Drew Goddard? Or would you prefer the rights go back to Marvel?
Meanwhile, World War Z opens in U.S. theaters on June 21st, 2013.