Brad Pitt's World War Z hires Damon Lindelof to rewrite part of the script
Brad Pitt‘s WORLD WAR Z came in at #7 on my top ten most anticipated movies of 2012. Of course, the list was made in early January and since then, WORLD WAR Z has gone through a series of troubling developments. It started when the film was pushed back to the summer of 2013, which hinted that there was trouble in paradise. Then it was announced that Paramount had scheduled 7 weeks of reshoots for the film, which again meant that there was something wrong with the picture. Today, we learn that pricey screenwriter Damon Lindelof has been hired to come in and rewrite the third act of the film, which will presumably be what they’ll reshoot in September and October.
Lindelof is an interesting choice since he’s not exactly a fan favorite after the ‘Lost’ finale debacle (which, to be fair, I actually liked the ending of Lost) and the mixed reactions to this weekend’s PROMETHEUS. And of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention COWBOYS & ALIENS, which he wrote. So basically, I’m nervous about his involvement because if he’s the guy you want to save you movie, the movie might be beyond saving. Lindelof’s involvement, combined with the delay and reshoots, have drastically reduced my excitement for the film. This is all very confusing since Brad Pitt is traditionally very meticulous about the movies he stars in and everything about this project so far sounds like it’s a disaster.
WORLD WAR Z stars Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale, Julia Levy-Boeken and Mireille Enos. Marc Forster (QUANTUM OF SOLACE) is directing from a script by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. Right now, the film is slated to hit theaters on June 21st, 2013. I’d be a little concerned about that release date since it’s set to go head to head with Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY.