‘Vanity Fair’ Takes a Lens to Brad Pitt’s Latest Project, ‘WWZ’

It’s been a bumpy road to the big screen for Brad Pitt’s World War Z.

After being plagued by production problems, a pushed-back release date and plenty of reshoots, the apocalyptic action flick adapted from Max Brooks’ novel is finally set for release on June 21.

But before moviegoers get to see Pitt as United Nations researcher Gerry Lane racing against time to try to save humanity — including his wife Karen Lane (Mireille Enos) and their two daughters — from the zombie takeover, Vanity Fair is pulling back the curtain on the trials and tribulations the film faced on its way to theaters.

“‘We started shooting the thing before we locked down how it was going to end up, and it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to,'” screenwriter Damon Lindelof says Pitt explained of World War Z. “‘The thing we really need right now,'” Pitt told Lindelof, “‘is someone who is not burdened by all the history that this thing is inheriting, who can see what we’ve got and tell us how to get to where we need to get.”

That discussion ultimately led to the decision to rewrite and reshoot an additional 40 minutes of footage in an effort to form a more fitting ending, a move that skyrocketed WWZ’s budget to around $200 million.

“I was like,” Lindelof added, “‘To be honest with you, good luck selling that to Paramount.'”

Catch the action-packed trailer for Pitt’s upcoming thriller. After the lengthy weight, will you go see World War Z in theaters?