‘World War Z’ (Possibly) Gets a New Ending from ‘Cloverfield’s’ Drew Goddard

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:31 am,

world war z drew goddard World War Z (Possibly) Gets a New Ending from Cloverfields Drew Goddard

The World War Z cast and crew are gearing up to begin seven weeks of additional photography, in order to salvage the adaptation of Max Brooks’ popular zombie apocalypse novel. Paramount is reportedly most concerned about the film’s third act, and hired on Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) to do a substantial rewrite of the conclusion to the WWZ shooting script draft.

… Or, rather, so we were previously led to believe. The latest WWZ report reveals that Lindelof did not, in fact, do any scripting for the project. That duty instead fellow to fellow Lost alum Drew Goddard, whose resume also includes the scripts for Cloverfield and Steve Spielberg’s upcoming Robopocalypse adaptation (along with Cabin in the Woods, which Goodard co-wrote and directed).

Deadline says Lindelof “cracked a potential new ending” for WWZ, which Goddard scripted thereafter. However, it’s possible that Paramount may not even use that new conclusion; and, even if the studio does elect to go that route, it could recruit new go-to writer, Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie, to do additional polish work (McQuarrie reportedly did a partial rewrite on Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and also wrote/directed the upcoming Jack Reacher, both of which are Paramount productions starring Tom Cruise).

Brad Pitt on the set of 'World War Z'

World War Z has been embroiled with controversy for a while now, beginning with Paramount’s intent for director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) to deliver a PG-13 zombie flick. Wary fans’ concerns became all the more pronounced when an official synopsis for the film was released, indicating the acclaimed socio-political angle of Brooks’ source material will be heavily played down (in favor of a more generic blockbuster storyline). These WWZ issue go back even further than the first day of shooting, as the project lingered in pre-production for a couple of years, before Brad Pitt signed on to star. Principal photography on WWZ still didn’t begin until nearly a year after the A-lister had been locked down, thanks in part to financial concerns.

Couple all that with word about reshoots and upwards of 4-5 writers taking a stab at getting the script right, and the task of bringing WWZ to the big screen has clearly been a hellish experience for Paramount.

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Of course, some of the greatest films of all time were said to be excruciating to make. That tradition goes back a long way with summer blockbusters (beginning with Jaws in 1975). On the other hand: sometimes, no matter how much time, manpower, and money is poured into a tentpole production, that’s no guarantee that general moviegoers will appreciate the extra effort – and, thus, ensure a solid turnout at the box office (see: Cowboys & Aliens, John Carter, etc.).

That’s all to say: no one should be surprised if World War Z proves to be a critical and/or financial bust, given all the behind the scenes struggles. However, there is still the chance (an increasingly slim chance, mind you) this flick could prove to be the game-changing variation on classic zombie movie genre fare which cinephiles have been hoping for.

World War Z opens in U.S. theaters on June 21st, 2013.

Source: Deadline

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  1. So I think it’s safe to say the only way the film will resemble the book is by the title and it has zombies.
    That’s a shame. I’m not saying the book was the greatest but it was an interesting take on a zombie apocalypse. Especially from a narrative standpoint.
    It’s been a while since I’ve read it but I remember a great section of the book that dealt with a battle taking place in NY. If I’m wrong let me know, but if I’m remembering correctly even if they change everything else if they keep that in it could be great to watch.
    Otherwise who knows what this will be???

    • I’m sorry to tell you this, but there’s no more Battle of Yonkers. The great zombie battle now takes place in Philadelphia because they couldn’t find a city in Hungary that looks like Yonkers.

  2. This sounds like it’s becoming a complete mess. Jaws was also a difficult movie to make but a lot of that had to do with actual production challenges in addition to the studio and big-name producers not yet having full faith in a young Steven Spielberg to finish the project. Of course, in hindsight, it was a masterpiece, and a movie that is clearly Spielberg’s. So, obviously, there should be some benefit of doubt reserved for the movie but it’s starting to diminish day by day.

  3. This movie is sounding like it’s close to hitting rock bottom. Hopefully they get their acts together and finish this film properly

  4. This sounds like everything that is wrong with Hollywood movies production at this point. I find it hard to believe that they shot a whole movie and got to the end and then realized they had no third act. Now they are spending extra money on scripts and re-shoots just to finish a movie that does not sound like it the end result will be worth the extra time, money and effort.

    If things go well then they will be vindicated, but if this turns out to be a bomb at the box office and with fans someone will fall on their sword. It’s funny that they can’t make a zombie movie without all these problems though, I mean bad to mediocre zombie movies have been made for decades with not nearly as many resources.

  5. Seriously, how hard would it have been to have the journalist as a framing device, interviewing the people in a post zombie apocalypse world. Just. Like. The. Book.
    It starts with the interviewee to camera then into their flashback with narrative then into the recollection.
    Nope sorry,you have to put brad Pitt in jeopardy and have him save the world, yeah that’s where your 7 weeks came from ( could have filmed a whole new movie with that much time let’s hope you did)

  6. It’s Brad Pitt’s “Starship Zombies”!

  7. It can’t be salvaged. They ruined it. Period.

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