The internet was abuzz today with the news that Damon Lindelof, former Lost showrunner and co-writer of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, has been hired to do extensive rewrites on the upcoming zombie flick World War Z. This comes just days after several sources reported that the movie was gearing up for seven weeks of reshoots in Budapest. The Brad Pitt film already experienced a significant delay earlier this year when Paramount pushed its release date back from December 2012 to June 2013. Most people are understandably interpreting the news as a confirmation that the film is in serious trouble, but is this always the right assumption?
Plenty of movies undergo reshoots and still turn out just fine. The Avengers, for example, reportedly brought back the cast and crew for some additional production in early January and The Muppets did a ton of reworking (just check out the DVD for all of the scenes that were left on the cutting room floor). Men in Black 3 is an example of a movie that was supposedly rewriting the script on the fly and it still came out fairly coherent. The truth is, a lot of movies do reshoots just for pick-ups and to help flesh out a scene, not to completely retool the entire film. There’s also the possibility that a director gets new and improved ideas as he is filming and wants to add them to the final product. I’m not saying that’s what’s happening with World War Z, but who knows… it might still be salvageable. What do you think? Are reshoots always an indication of a bad movie or do fans and the media blow these reports out of proportion? Can a movie be saved if the full vision is not there right from the start? Do you still have high hopes for World War Z? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.