On Monday, word emerged that Pitt would be heading to Budapest for a whopping seven weeks of addition photography on the movie. Almost two months of reshoot time suggested some serious trouble with the Marc Forster-directed zombie epic. If you need to know why, check out our initial report on the news by clicking right here.
Reshoots are very common, but are rarely on the level of seven weeks, even for a project as big as World War Z. Now, Paramount Pictures has hired Damon Lindelof to "save" the film, according to THR's Heat Vision. Lindelof's rewrites will reportedly focus on the third act, meaning that World War Z has problems with its ending that shot-callers at Paramount don't feel can be solved through tinkering with the edit.
Lindelof is a pretty polarizing figure. Beloved for years as one of two showrunners on the series Lost, he's spent the last several years taking heat for the ending of the show in 2010. Along with Jon Spaihts, he wrote this weekend's Alien prequel Prometheus. While most everybody is praising Ridley Scott's visual spectacle, any and all of the film's faults are being laid at his feet by many an irate fan on the Twitter, where the writer's maintained good humor about both praise and vitriol.
Along with his Cowboys & Aliens co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Lindelof also wrote the as-yet untitled Star Trek sequel directed by Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams and set for next summer.
That Star Trek sequel will be bowing the same season as World War Z. The film was previously scheduled for December of 2012, but in March, Paramount shifted the release date to June 21, 2013 without explanation. At the time, the assumption was that a June release just made more sense for the material, but apparently it was actually to facilitate these extensive reshoots, which are expected to begin in September or October.
While the adaptation languished in development, J. Michael Straczynski contributed several drafts, but it looks like his work was abandoned when The Kingdom writer Matthew Michael Carnahan came aboard to script.