With only two months until it’s released, World War Z will feed the frenzy of a zombie-crazed pop culture. The film’s producer and star Brad Pitt originally conceived of World War Z as somewhat of a political thriller set after the zombie apocalypse, but the heavily reported production delays re-invented the film into a more conventional zombie action film.
Director Marc Forster tells Empire that the production problems on World War Z were dramatically misreported. It was believed that World War Z had to do seven weeks of reshoots to accommodate script changes from screenwriter Drew Goddard. According to Forster, these reports were false:
No, seven weeks is not correct. We shot for about four-and-a-half. Reshooting was always normal! …Our reshoots were a little more exposed in the press because we had a different ending. We felt a different ending would serve the movie better. It’s the same if you’re buying a house and you roll out a nice Persian carpet for your living room and you realise it doesn’t really fit.”
World War Z has been getting some harsh criticisms from zombie purists who aren’t fans of the fast-moving zombies depicted in the film’s trailers, or in Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake. Forster explains why the film went in this direction: