When it was announced that Paramount had pushed back the big screen adaptation of World War Z from its December 2012 release to June 21st, 2013, it didn’t make big waves. In fact, one could make the argument that it could be better off with the new release date. But then came word that the film was going back for a 6-7 weeks’ worth reshoots.
Part of the reason why there was such a call that significant was because there was a huge problem with the third act of the film. So in attempts to alleviate that problem, Prometheus co-writer Damon Lindelof has been brought in to rewrite World War Z. Much like with the Prometheus script, Lindelof will be brought in to bring a new edge to a script.
According to Heat Vision, Lindelof will focus his rewriting efforts on the third act. Considering that Lindelof has plenty of storytelling experience, especially in the sci-fi genre, this isn’t out of his wheelhouse.
But as much as I like Lindelof’s writing, he has been the subject of some harsh criticism. Much of that isn’t entirely his fault; in fact, he inherits these problems. So faulting him wouldn’t be right. Can you imagine the quality of the script before he came on board to co-write or rewrite it?
Much of the film won’t be related to the book from Max Brooks, but it is said that it will be the foundation for a possible trilogy.