Oh, boy. The lot of us issued some concern when Paramount pushed World War Z back a whole six months (that whole thing explains itself, I’d think), but now it’s coming into focus in a profoundly bad way. THR has learned that Marc Forster and his cast — Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos, and Anthony Mackie — going back for seven weeks of “significant reshoots,” with a shaky third act being the main point of concern.
The man being corralled to fix that is Damon Lindelof, a guy who, by this point, doesn’t require much of an introduction. (For the sake of those who don’t recognize the name, for whatever reason: Co-creator of and showrunner on Lost, and the co-writer of a little movie that opened today, Prometheus.) The specifics behind these problems — simple plotting, character motivations, tone, etc. — won’t be given out (nor should we expect them), but I, personally, think it has something to do with their plans for the not-so-distant future.
Lest we forget, the creative forces have made clear their intentions to launch a trilogy with this first film. If the third act somehow prohibits that from truly working — I don’t really know where they’re going with this thing, story-wise, so that’s all speculative — but I think the strands connect pretty well here. But, when reshoots actually get underway in October, we might have some better idea. Right now, I think those who were anticipating the film should be pretty concerned.
Do you see much cause for concern here? What do you think will happen?
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