30-40 Minutes of World War Z Reshoots to Fix Ending

movies-world-war-zLast time we saw this level of re-shooting it was Green Lantern Ouch!

According to screenwriter Damon Lindelof and Paramount exec Marc Evans, the production of World War Z has indulged in some extensive and “literally insane” reshoots to fix an ending that “didn’t make sense”.

Evans revealed that the original storyline hit a wall: “It was, like, Wow. The ending of our movie doesn’t work. I believed in that moment we needed to reshoot the movie. We were going to have long, significant discussions to fix this.”

Lindelof detailed telling the team that radical action was required. “I said to them, ‘There are two roads to go down here. 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.’ I didn’t think anyone was going to say, ‘Let’s throw it out and try something else.’ So when I gave them those two roads and they sounded more interested in Road Two, I was like, ‘To be honest with you, good luck selling that to Paramount.’”

So one of those ‘roads’ meant shooting an extra 30-40 minutes of footage, and consigning a 12-minute battle sequence (set in Russia) to the cutting room floor, effectively pushing the production budget to $200 million.

Washing very dirty laundry in public, Evans went on to say that the manic production wasn’t aided by the very poor management on location, especially in Malta, where staff apparently found a drawer full of purchase orders and expenses that had simply been forgotten & unprocessed, which added up to millions of dollars worth of expenditure. “It was literally insane,” he told them. “Adam Goodman (President, Paramount Film Group) and I believed we’d gotten out of Malta good, and I found out we weren’t. That is a nightmare.”

World War Z will be released on 21 June in the UK.

Source: Vanity Fair
Reporter: SilverFox

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  1. Hard to tell when these things are happening if it’s a good or bad sign. Ultimately, it depends if the audience likes the final product. Word of mouth travels quickly when it’s a good film. Look what happened with Titanic. Cameron needed to get that movie out in the summer of ’97, instead the whole production was held back because of Cameron’s perfection. Studio exec’s were rubbing their temples after bankrolling the director with $200 Million at the time. Sure enough, December 19, 1997 rolled around and it didn’t make as much money as people’d thought. But in the coming months, word of mouth spread quick that the movie was something to watch on the big screen, regardless of the 3 hr, 14 min run time. It consistently hit number one until it was knocked of Lost in Space in April, 1998. I remember it because I lived through the whole drama, keeping a close eye on the numbers. Eventually, the movie became the first movie to surpass $1 Billion.

    Now, I’m not saying World War Z will do the same. Not at all. The audience is different. But we never know how these things work once it hits the theaters.

    Anyway, my two cents 🙂

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