Paramount Struggles To Resurrect World War Z

By Rudie Obias | Published

Run for your lives! The production of World War Z is a disaster! A month ago, Paramount brought on screenwriter Damon Lindelof to punch up the script for the zombie apocalypse flick, but he has since left because he wasn’t happy with the amount of time in which Paramount wanted the script to be finished. There were also talks of bringing on director Drew Goddard to finish the weeks of reshoots ordered by Paramount to try and salvage the film. World War Z has been a troubled production for a while now, and it looks like things are only going to get worse before they get better.

There are now reports that the star and producer of World War Z, Brad Pitt, is no longer on speaking terms with the film’s director, Marc Forster, as the contentious film ramps back into action for three weeks (or more) of reshoots. It has gotten so bad on location that an intermediaries had to be brought in to handle mediate between the star and the director. Ironically, Pitt was the one who wanted Forester to direct World War Z, but Paramount had reservations because of Forester’s disappointing 2008 Bond film, Quantum Of Solace.

The film’s budget is headed toward the $170 million mark as production goes back into reshoots without a finished script. The film started production in July 2011, targeting  a Christmas 2012 release date that has since been pushed back to summer 2013. Paramount remains optimistic and feels they have something salvageable on their hands. A source close to the production states:

The studio is cultivating multiple options. One is to try scrapping [the ending] and trying something different: They want to construct an entirely new ending to the movie. The other is to try salvaging it, because decent action can be elevated, and even shitty action can be saved. This is not an unmitigated disaster; it is salvageable.

Pitt has final say on World War Z as the film’s producer, although it is unclear how long the reshoots will take. The studio is aiming for a three-week production, but until Pitt approves the new script, a budget cannot be drafted, and if a budget cannot be drafted then there’s no telling how long reshoots will take. Is it too soon to call this production a fiasco?

World War Z is based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks and chronicles the oral history of a zombie outbreak.