Drew Goddard re-writing World War Z

The Cabin In The Woods director working on the ending

World War Z, Marc Forster's adaptation of the popular zombie novel by Max Brooks, has suffered a development wobble of late, with the film's release date being pushed back in order to allow for significant reshoots.

Paramount were thought to have concerns over major deficiencies in the story, with Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof hired to rewrite the film's ending. Now it turns out that Lindelof only came up with the idea for the new conclusion, with The Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard charged with doing the actual writing.

A previous screenwriter for Lost (alongside Lindelof) and having also written the script for Cloverfield, Goddard certainly has sci-fi pedigree, although whether or not his busy schedule will allow him to perform a full re-write remains to be seen.

The finished film will star Brad Pitt as a UN employee facing a desperate race against time as he attempts to stop a zombie pandemic from sweeping across the globe. Pitt will be joined by Matthew Fox, David Morse and James Badge Dale, as well as a whole host of shambling, brain-munching types.

The latest release date for the film is 21 June 2013, although we'd only pencil that one in for now, as further delays could arise from any further script issues. Let's just hope Goddard has the time available to give this one the finale it deserves.

Is Goddard a good pick to rescue this one? Tell us, below!


    • alexr

      Jul 12th 2012, 9:44

      This will probably be seriously s**t... I wonder if Paramount have been keeping one eye on the success of the Resident Evil series and have now said "That seems to be successful, lets have some more of THAT"...

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Jul 12th 2012, 12:05

      I really REALLY hope that they dont balls this one up. Its one of my favourite ever books they are playing with here. Its a perfect piece if fiction, and Im worried about the changes being made left right and centre months AFTER principal filming ended. SPOILER!! Biggest concern. The book is set AFTER the worldwide war against the undead. Its not about "a UN employee facing a desperate race against time as he attempts to stop a zombie pandemic from sweeping across the globe" The pandemic has already happened. Its about how we got our a**e kicked. Its not a race against time. Its about how society collapsed, not how we might just save it. Rewrites at this late late stage suggest serious concerns. My hope is that these rewrites are to address the things (many more suggested on IMDB) that veer too far from the power and originality of the original text. Otherwise I think Im in for another disappointment of I AM LEGEND proportions!

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    • Desperation

      Jul 12th 2012, 21:34

      This really seem to bear no relation to the actual book, other than it has zombies in it. Really not looking forward to this.

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    • alexskerdzhev

      Jul 13th 2012, 2:11

      @Ravey - If you read the book you would know that this movie has nothing in common with it.

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Jul 13th 2012, 12:09

      @alexskerdzhev ??? Thought it was pretty clear in my original post that I have read the book, and utterly loved it, and that Im concerned that is has less and less in common with the book as development continues.

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    • fipthetop

      Jul 17th 2012, 9:33

      it's a shame really - such a great, great book. however the way it was written, in single contained chapters, always leant itself to a contained tv show ala band of brothers. presumably they didn't want to go down the route because of the walking dead though

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    • chrysler

      Jul 21st 2012, 11:25

      Lindelhof-rewrite is bad news for any film, I don't buy into this guy at all. His Prometheus script was pretty horrible (full of plot holes and unbelievably stupid characters). He took a good idea and made it a repetitive mess, much like LOST was. So after reading that he is participating in this, I am not holding out too much hope for it being any good.

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