So when Prometheus and “Lost” scribe Damon Lindelof broke a new ending to the Marc Forster-directed Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z, he didn’t actually have time to revise the script. Those duties fell to The Cabin In The Woods co-writer/helmer Drew Goddard (who also adapted the upcoming Steven Spielberg film Robopocalypse). If you weren’t aware of how bad the project’s troubles are, word is that the situation is pretty severe. So much so that it’s not entirely clear if Forster will even be returning for the 3 weeks of re-shoots that are apparently required.
Or maybe it’s not so bad? Goddard recently spoke with Collider and told them, “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.”
While Goddard’s pretty much a genius, it’s hard to know just how candid he’s being (or is allowed to be). No one who’s just signed onto a project throws it under the bus – that happens later in Peter Biskind books. Still, I’m hoping that his assessment of the situation here is accurate.
No date has been set for the reshoots that will be needed to implement the new ending. The adaptation, starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse, revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen. It was slated for release on June 21, 2013.