Prometheus and Lost writer Damon Lindelof has been drafted in to help salvage zombie epic World War Z, the big screen adaptation of Max Brooks’ popular novel that is now notably entering a seven-week stretch of reshoots. All eyes have fallen on the project after its release date was pushed back six months… after all, it’s not often writers are called in to rewrite a script after the film has already been shot.
Paramount has scheduled approximately 6 – 7 weeks of reshoots, and Lindelof is said to mainly be focusing on the film’s third and final act, with hopes that the writer can remedy what sounds to be some serious problems with the first cut.
Having worked on Star Trek, Prometheus and the TV series Lost, Lindelof is no stranger to sci-fi and has built up a strong rep (and box office) in that department, so here’s hoping he can get the movie ship-shape by next summer.
World War Z will see Brad Pitt attempt to save the world from a zombie pandemic – so far, so good. Also serving as one of the film’s producers, the star plays a UN representative who is charged with traveling the globe, attempting to wipe out a growing zombie pandemic that looks set to wipe out human civilization.
The film is said to differ considerably from the original novel, and focuses more on Pitt’s character – but it’s not just your average zombie flick, either. World War Z’s sociological and political undertones will (hopefully) make viewers think, too.
Paramount has said to be planning a potential trilogy, but it looks like everything pretty much depends on whether Lindelof and co. can turn this movie around into an audience pleaser – no pressure there, guys.
As it stands, World War Z is due to open on June 21, 2013, and is set to star Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse. The original script was drafted by Matthew Michael Carnahan.
Do you think Lindelof can save the day?