Turns out we were never supposed to know Lindelof was fixing World War Z

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May 15, 2013

You know Damon Lindelof’s highly-publicized hiring to come in and rewrite the ending of World War Z? Yeah, we weren’t supposed to know about that.

Love him or hate him, Damon Lindelof (Prometheus, Lost) is one of the hottest writers in Hollywood these days. But he apparently prefers to work in anonymity when possible.

In a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof opened up about the process of being recruited to rework the ending of Brad Pitt’s World War Z, because the original cut apparently didn’t really have one. Fresh off the task of rewriting Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Lindelof had originally wanted to keep his work on World War Z a secret, as to not draw anymore fanboy hate to the project.

But, as we all know, that didn’t happen:

“The idea of a large-scale, epic, $150 million zombie movie starring Brad Pitt sounds pretty good to me. Because I haven’t seen that before. I haven’t seen the go-for-broke, insane zombie movie. What I really liked/love about World War Z was it just completely and totally leaned into the spectacle of large-scale zombie outbreak. Which I had just never seen before on film. One of the things that Brad said was, there are so many tropes we’ve come to expect in zombie films, and he wanted to do something different. And the only way to do it different was to do it big.

One of the things that I said when I first agreed to do it was, ‘Guys, we have to do this completely and totally under the table.’ I’ve done gigs like this before, and nobody has ever known that I’ve worked on those movies. I just got through the Prometheus experience, and if the story is, ‘Lindelof comes in to fix World War Z ending,’ it’ll bring, literally, the worst press you can ever imagine. And then, before I even commenced work, it broke that I’d been engaged. I guarantee that I will take all the blame if the movie doesn’t do well. That’s what I’m here for.”

It makes sense that Lindelof would want to keep the project free from even more bad buzz, and you don’t have to look much further than his Twitter feed to see the poor guy is still taking grief over the controversial ending to Lost.

Do you think Lindelof’s involvement will help or hurt the project?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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