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With 'Prometheus' but a few days out of the gate, its screenwriter Damon Lindelof is not ready to slow down one iota. He has been tapped by Paramount to do a rewrite of the script for their 'World War Z.' The movie, which will be directed by Marc Forster, is based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks and tells the story of the ultimate war between man and zombies. 'World War Z,' set to star Brad Pitt and Anthony Mackie, recently had its release date shifted back from this December to next June in order to facilitate reshoots. Evidently Lindelof will be focusing his rewrite on the film's third act. He doesn't have much time to waste, as Paramount wants to begin reshoots in September or October.
The more new that hits about 'World War Z,' the more it troubles me. First of all, I'm still worried as to how they are going to adapt the specific structure of the book and retain what made it such a fascinating read.The book is a collection of first-hand, after-the-fact interviews that provide a multi-perspective context to the war. The movie however seems to be functioning more as a straight-forward zombie flick, one that I fear will get lost in the shuffle...or maybe I should say the shamble. Then there was the push back from December to June for reshoots, never a good sign. And now they've brought in Lindelof to retool the third act? Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed 'Prometheus' quite a bit, but the overwhelming dissension on that film has to do with Lindelof's and Jon Spaihts' leaky script. Even as a supporter of the film, I can't discount the criticisms made of the story by its detractors. With all this bad news mounting, I'm not sure I have much confidence in this project anymore.
What do you guys think? Is this a positive sign for 'World War Z' or the final nail in the coffin?