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Marc Forster Finally Addresses ‘World War Z’ Alternate Ending

It was never secret that Paramount Pictures’ summer blockbuster World War Z was troubled. The battles between producer/star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster were very public, and the millions spent on shooting a different ending was well documented. Still, the movie was a monstrous success, and a sequel is now in development, so why not open up about the presumably stressful zombie epic?

Empire gets major props for getting Forster to address the elephant in the room and open up about the drama, explaining the reasons for changing the film’s finale.

Basically, originally there was a third act that I thought didn’t work,” he explained. “As we were shooting we were discussing it and rewriting and rewriting it.

Explains the site, in common with Max Brooks’ source novel, the third act was due to take Brad Pitt and a small army of zombie killers to Moscow for a final pitched battle. But a change of heart moved the action 1000 or so miles due west for a more intimate Wales-set ending: “The reason I felt it wouldn’t work is that by that time you have a certain battle fatigue after Israel. After Israel and the plane crash, trying to trump that and make it even bigger wasn’t working in our favor. The problem with a lot of these big movies is you start production and the script isn’t finished. The third act wasn’t fully fleshed out, but we had to rush in to meet the release date.

If you were hoping to see the original ending, there’s a reason it’s not on the home video releases – the effects work was never completely. Instead, the money was used to reshoot the ending entirely. “I was very happy that we didn’t finish the third act with visual effects and everything,” said Forster, “because that would’ve been a huge number, and we used that money to shoot a much simpler ending.

The ending was definitely simpler, but it also felt like a massive step backwards from the insane action that proceeds it. It’s actually one of the main reasons I didn’t love the movie. Still, I admire what he’s saying about “fatigue” – it’s difficult to watch a non-stop assault for two straight hours. And even if it didn’t work well, in some ways I think he made a very justifiable and smart decision.



  • zigwardScissorHands

    I liked the ending for the most part. Up until Brad Pitt breaks open the soda machine and walked triumphantly through the zombies. Then it became unbearably cheesy, same with the final montage and voice over.

  • djblack1313

    i liked the ending they went with too. i loved the movie but the 3rd act/ending was the most “horror” part of the movie (which was mainly an ACTION/horror movie. i still would love to see the unused ending even if the fx weren’t done.

    and i hope we’ll be getting some news soon regarding the sequel. if they wait too long to do it, it might be too late.

  • oneofthosedeadfckers

    It was an ok zombie movie. Meh.

  • Beneviolence

    It ‘ok’. The problems I had with the movie were Pitt having a ridiculous skill-set and the endless getting away in the nick of time scenarios. Wasn’t nearly as bad as some people made it out to be though. The book is still a whole lot better.

  • lilmarkuk

    I call that aload of BULL, why on earth would they not put the alternate ending on the home video release just because the effects were not complete :/

    that’s the whole point of having these extra clips to see what would have been..they don’t need to be finished and a lot of the time they are not anyway

  • jaxx367

    I don’t get all the hype about this movie. It was pathetic. It was a kids movie, almost Disney quality. Might has well been rated G. I was very disappointed. Not good at all and definetly not worth all the hype.

  • CarlxzwStuartlu

    Sorry that movie became something of a joke. Its like everyone was fine till brad pitt showed up “then everyone died.” I laughed after about the third time due to some people in the theater basically saying this very thing. It got to the point the majority of people in the theater where talking about who’s going to make it this time. Basically if Brad Pitt’s character showed up you are screwed, and digi zombie is coming to eat your brains.

  • AndrewSoukup24

    I didn’t even think it was a good movie as a whole…fell asleep watching it the first time.

  • VetMike

    Sorry, but the theatre ending seemed ‘thrown together’. Just get on a boat and sail away? From what port? Where did Segan go? No, until that point I was enjoying the movie.

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