Speaking with scribes Drew Goddard (“The Cabin in the Woods”) and Damon Lindelof (“Lost”), The Huffington Post has posted a breakdown of the changes done to this Friday’s “World War Z” movie which underwent extensive reshoots to completely retool the third act.
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The dividing line between the original version and the theatrical cut happens when Brad Pitt’s character boards a plane on the Jerusalem tarmac to get out of Israel.
As soon as Pitt’s character gets onboard is when Goddard and Lindelof’s new material takes over. “Jack Reacher” writer/director Chris McQuarrie also was briefly involved to “sharpen” the ending.
The original cut revolved around a large-scale zombie battle in Russia for much of the final forty-five minutes. The new version now in cinemas is contained mostly within a Welsh medical facility.
Other character building scenes were added to earlier parts of the film – two scenes set within the home of Pitt’s family, a scene where Pitt treats his daughter’s asthma, and a phone call scene onboard the plane heading to Jerusalem.
Both Pitt and director Marc Forester admit they “barely get a fraction of the book” into the film so have plenty of material to mine for a potential sequel.
Source: The Huffington Post