We should get that on a t-shirt. “Goddard Says Relax.”
The Goddard in this case being writer/director Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). Goddard was subcontracted by Damon Lindelof to re-write the ending to World War Z, the adaptation of the best-selling novel directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt.
WWZ has been getting beaten up in the press with talk of reshoots, re-writes and star and director not speaking to one and other, but now Goddard is telling Collider that it’s all cool, just typical, big budget Hollywood filmmking stuff. Nothing to write home about.
“I think a lot of that got blown out of proportion. It really was like, they asked me to come look at the movie and give ideas on how to help, and that’s what happened. That happens all the time, I don’t know why this got blown up with World War Z and it suddenly became a big thing. It’s the sort of thing that happens with screenwriters all the time where you give your ideas on what could help, you write some scenes for people… I feel bad for the sort of magnifying glass that that movie’s under because this is just a normal part of the process, this is just what happens… My involvement was just watch the movie, give some ideas, write some scenes that might help, ADR, just sort of fill in stuff, which is what I did.”
At the same time, Goddard seems to be sending a reassuring message that there’s something to be cautiously optimistic about so far as the film, once completed, is concerned.
“Out of respect for the filmmakers, I don’t want to say too much about World War Z, just because I owe it to them to let it come out as they want. What I will say is that some of the stuff I saw was mind-blowing.”
World War Z is due in theaters next summer.