‘World War Z’: Damon Lindelof explains how he wrote a more “coherent” ending

world war z



It is no secret that production on Marc Forster’s zombie epic, World War Z, had a lot of problems. It was Brad Pitt who fought to get Forster the job, and apparently the two are no longer speaking, the film went way over budget (some say $200 million, others say $300 million), there were supposedly seven weeks of reshoots, and also a writer was brought in at the last minute to rewrite the films abrupt and confusing ending. That man was Damon Lindelof, the perfect writer to create a more coherent ending (sarcasm).

In the new edition of Vanity Fair, there will be a big article on just what went wrong with World War Z, but now fans are saying that all this open talk about the films issues and how they were “fixed”, is a good indication that indeed the issues were fixed, and the final result is actually very good.

Lindelof explained to Vanity Fair how Pitt brought him in urgently to rewrite the ending after a disastrous screening of the film:

“I said to them, There are two roads to go down here,” Lindelof said. “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[’s character] leaves Israel.”

The ending of the film caused panic after the films first screening. The audience were deathly silent, prompting Paramount President Marc Evans to take drastic action. An epic battle scene in Russia was cut, and a lot of the end footage had to be reshot to help the ending make sense . When talking of the silence at the first screening of the film, Evans said “It was, like, Wow. The ending of our movie doesn’t work. I believed in that moment we needed to reshoot the movie.”

There are reports that say the reshoots for the films end took seven weeks, however director Marc Forster said recently said:

No, seven weeks is not correct. We shot for about four-and-a-half. Reshooting was always normal! …Our reshoots were a little more exposed in the press because we had a different ending. We felt a different ending would serve the movie better. It’s the same if you’re buying a house and you roll out a nice Persian carpet for your living room and you realize it doesn’t really fit.

The finished film arrives on June 21st, and I really really hope it turns out good.

The film is based on the novel written by Max Brooks, and the screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Stracynski and the film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Elyes Gabel and Julia Levy-Boeken. Brad Pitt’s own production company Plan B are involved in this epic tale of the greatest Zombie war the world has ever known. Filming in locations all over the world, the film will take place ten years after the war and survivors are asked to re-live their accounts of what happened to them.

World War Z, directed by Marc Forster, is due to arrive in UK cinemas June 21st 2013.



The story is said to revolve around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen. The plot is a bit interesting because the Max Brooks best-selling novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War which the movie is based on, dealt with the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. Hopefully this approach will work for the film.

About Matt Wavish 9999 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.