When World War Z was announced, it seemed like must-see fare, but expectations seem to be slipping by the week. First, it was declared that the big-screen adaptation of the Max Brooks novel about a global human-zombie war -- seemingly edgy fare -- would get the dreaded PG-13 treatment. Then, its release date was bumped back six months, from December 2012 to June 2013. And just this past week, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, riding high off the success of his script for Prometheus, was hired to rewrite portions of World War Z, with reshoots planned for this fall. This certainly doesn't bode well for the film, whose budget has reportedly ballooned past the $170 million mark, with The Hollywood Reporter giving inside details on what exactly went wrong -- from an inexperienced director to a half-baked plan of attack to simply having too many cooks with spoons in the broth.
The news isn't all bad, though; according to THR, insiders say the movie is very much salvageable. In fact, the first 45 minutes to an hour of the movie is actually very good, and the filmmakers just want the ending to match the strength of the beginning. Plus, keep in mind that rewrites, reshoots and delays are fairly common nowadays and aren't necessarily an omen of bad things to come. As Film Junk recently pointed out, recent hits like The Avengers, The Muppets and Men in Black III all had some level of production issues that didn't manifest in the final on-screen product.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Junk