We heard a few months ago there were massive problems with the upcoming Brad Pitt zombie flick World War Z. The movie seemed destined to disappoint as the rumors were that Pitt and director Marc Forster were not talking, but even if that was not true a concern was there that the third act needed a full rewrite. In layman’s terms, the ending was garbage and needed a to be redone.
After hiring Damon Lindelof for the task, they ended up settling from Drew Goddard who completed the script and now, as expecting, shooting is going to start in Budapest next month for seven weeks–a massive amount of time for theatrical standards. The explanation for this comes in the notion that as of right now, Paramount only has 52 minutes of footage that they could conceivably put up on the big screen.
THR indicates in a recent piece on re-shooting in Hollywood that the studio is not too worried that this movie would be garbage on wheels. Many are citing The Bourne Identity as another trilogy launcher that had massive problems, but perhaps a better example would be Mr. and Mrs. Smith which suffered from similar woes in that an entire act needed to be rebuilt.
We will find out what the verdict is when World War Z hit theaters nationwide on June 21, 2013.