At this point we all know of the problems that plagued the set of World War Z which included the budget sky rocketing to around $200 million, re-writes of the script and the reshooting of 40 minutes of additional footage in order for them to find a coherent ending. Things certainly haven’t been easy for the flick.

Damon Lindelof — who was brought in to salvage the script and its “incoherent ending” — spoke to Vanity Fair about some of the film’s struggles and how he basically gave the studio just two options:

Is there material that can be written to make that stuff work better? To have it make sense? To have it have emotional stakes? And plot logic and all that? And Road Two, which I think is the long-shot road, is that everything changes after Brad leaves Israel.” That meant throwing out the entire Russian battle scene—or about 12 minutes of footage—and crafting a new ending. “I didn’t think anyone was going to say, ‘Let’s throw it out and try something else,’ ” Lindelof recalls. “So when I gave them those two roads and they sounded more interested in Road B”—which meant shooting an additional 30 to 40 minutes of the movie—“I was like, ‘To be honest with you, good luck selling that to Paramount.’

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this thing finally turns out and I really hope they have a hit on their hands because a big-budget zombie flick doesn’t come around all too often. And you have to hand it to the entire crew who worked on this film because things were never easy from the get-go and they still managed to put something together — whether it will be good or not is the real question.

World War Z will hit theaters on June 21, 2013.

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Despite all of its struggles, are you still looking forward to World War Z?

10 comments

  1. I almost wish they’d include both endings on the DVD when it comes out to let people judge for themselves, but all things considered I’m still really looking forward to this one. I love the Zombie genre and it’s never been taken on quite like this, so I’m curious to see how it pans out.

    1. That pretty much sums up my exact same feelings. I’m definitely on the fence but I’m looking forward to seeing how the pieced it all together and what the end result will be.

  2. The reason the production has hit so many snags is because it’s been adapted completely wrong. The book is a series of stories about events happening all around the world, not one handsome man looking for his family. It completely ruins the concept of the incredible book and I bet Max Brooks is rolling very angrily in his big pile of money.

    1. Yea it definitely should not have been called “World War Z” but at the same time, you couldn’t really make an appealing looking film that was totally faithful to the novel because like you said, it’s just a bunch of stories told from survivors. Hopefully this is great but it looks like it’s going to be this summer’s John Carter.

  3. Seven, Kalifornia, Fight Club, Basterds, Hell he even took on Lestat and Freddy…
    Now hes blowing Zombies heads off…Count me in

  4. I’m definitely can’t wait. It’s one of those movies that has an “air” to it, which may draw audiences in regardless if they’re zombie lovers or not. I think the human element of a contagion will connect with audiences. But, it entirely depends on the day of release what’s going on that weekend. I hope it does well!

    1. Good call! Yea, with all of its troubles it has had so far the last thing the movie needs is a flop at the box office. Hoping for the best!

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