Game Of Thrones is the HBO mega-hit, the fantasy series which made grim & gritty cool again and flooded the Internet with a deluge of nascent nerds and incest jokes. However, according to the show’s creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the TV adaptation of The Song Of Ice And Fire series was almost never made in the first place, thanks to their first, disastrous pilot episode. According to a recent interview by the creators on the ScriptNotes podcast… (more…)
Sure, we were all sent into a tizzy when it was announced that the production of World War Z was going into seven weeks of major reshoots. Compounded by the six month delay in release, the fact that two writers were brought on to pen those rewrites and rumors of bad blood between star Brad Pitt and director Marc Foster, and it seemed that the film, based on the highly popular book of the same name, was in some deep… Well, you know.
Not so, says co-star Matthew Fox. While talking to Collider, Fox said that despite the hiccups, the finished project will be worth the wait:
“And they can have no basis in fact at all and suddenly it become[s] like a notion out there that World War Z is having problems. Everybody who I’ve spoken to that’s seen the film – it rocks, dude; it’s going to kick ass. And the only issue that I’m hearing with the film is that they want to work on the third act; the end of the film.”
Which more or less confirms what’s already been said. Fox went on to say that the third act re-work was about making the film less open ended. Although the studio wants a trilogy of World War Z films, Fox says that the original ending left a few too many threads hanging:
“Obviously it’s supposed to be a trilogy, so they’re, you know I think they’re fine tuning an ending that feels like this movie wraps. In the original script I always felt it was the perfect combination of a complete film on its own and yet at the same time left you going like, ‘Oh my god, we need another installment.’ And so I think they’re just really fine tuning that, and it might require some additional shooting to get it the way they want it. And I hear that Mr. Lindelof has been brought in to help with that.”
What do you think, Bastards? Has Fox assuaged your pessimism about the film, or are you dubious as you still harbor hard feelings about the Lost finale against him?
Yeah, no reason to be worried about this movie…
So to bring you up to speed: the filmed version of World War Z from director Marc Foster and producer/star Brad Pitt based on the popular novel by Max Brooks, was postponed from an awards’ season worthy release date of December 2012 to summer 2013 for some reshoots. Those reshoots have since been scheduled for September-October 2012. Now, the news is that Prometheus and Star Trek 2 screenwriter Damon Lindelof has been brought in to rewrite portions of the script in preparation for those reshoots.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof will try to make sense of the film’s third act, which will apparently take up the brunt of the reshoots, which are reported to be seven weeks long. Concerned yet?
Of course, this kind of behind the scenes drama is not uncommon. Look at 2007’s The Invasion, which was postponed a year, had an entirely new production team brought aboard for extended retakes, and then released to an indifferent public who quickly forgot it existed.
Yeah, World War Z deserves better.
How concerned are you Bastards about this news?
Don’t panic. Just because the next step in reviving the Superman film franchise is getting a rewrite doesn’t mean it’s complete shit. I mean, we hope. In fact we’re praying that isn’t the case. There were rumors of Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel being a little weak in the final act and this rewrite from Kurt Johnstad could be related.
But, fact is, rewrites are extremely common, especially throughout pre-production. I would take this as a good omen as it’s likely signalling they want to get this picture right. Johnstad is also a frequent collaborator of Snyder’s; he was a co-writer for 300. And it’s also rumored Johnstad’s not the only one tweaking the script, apparently Christopher Nolan‘s brother, Jonathan Nolan also did some work on Man of Steel‘s script. See, they’re keeping it all in the family.
Do these rewrites still worry you, though? What type of scene do you feel is crucial for a successful Superman film?