There have been numerous horror stories (no pun intended) from the production of the upcoming zombie movie, World War Z. The film’s release date was pushed back by Paramount from Summer 2012 to Christmas 2012 and now will be tentatively coming out Spring 2013. The studio also wanted re-shoots of the movie because the ending was unsatisfactory. Because of the messy production, tales of the film’s producer and star Brad Pitt no longer talking to the film’s director Marc Forster were coming out of the World War Z camp. Before that, Paramount brought on screenwriter Damon Lindelof to re-write certain scenes for re-shoots but he left the project citing scheduling conflict issues. The studio has since brought on The Cabin In The Woods director Drew Goddard to save the script.
The production of upcoming zombie apocalypse movie World War Z has been troubled from the start. In anew interview, director Drew Goddard talks about the coverage of World War Z and how it has gotten out of hand. Goddard states…
I think a lot of that got blown out of proportion. It really was like, they asked me to come look at the movie and give ideas on how to help, and that’s what happened. That happens all the time, I don’t know why this got blown up with World War Z and it suddenly became a big thing. It’s the sort of thing that happens with screenwriters all the time where you give your ideas on what could help, you write some scenes for people… I feel bad for the sort of magnifying glass that that movie’s under because this is just a normal part of the process, this is just what happens… My involvement was just watch the movie, give some ideas, write some scenes that might help, ADR, just sort of fill in stuff, which is what I did.
It is true that audiences have not seen World War Z yet and maybe judgment on the film should be reserved after that but pushing back a release date and doing multiple re-shoots does not bode well for a successful production. It’s been a long an arduous process to get this made.
It started when the film’s release date was pushed back by Paramount from Summer 2012 to Christmas 2012 and now it will be tentatively coming out Spring 2013. The studio also wanted re-shoots of the movie because the ending was unsatisfactory. Paramount brought in Damon Lindelof to re-write key scenes for reshoots but he left the project citing scheduling conflicts. Eventually they even fired the film’s original director Marc Forster, replacing him with Goddard.
The oral history of the zombie apocalypse by author Max Brooks is a difficult thing to adapt to the big screen. Structurally, it’s a hard enough book to get through and doesn’t really lend itself to a motion picture. But there are enough talented people working on World War Z so fans of the novel and genre should remain optimistic about the project. Wait and see.