Well with a $66m opening weekend in the States, a multimillion dollar ending that you didn’t use in the original (the remnants of the Moscow war zone are sort of cut into it) and a global thirst for all things zombie you’d be mad not to follow it up!
(I don’t think they’ll use the scrapped ending by the way, but I think if it’s just sitting there you could do something with it! Maybe choose your own ending for the blu ray release?)
Think about it – they could make a sequel on 2 thirds the budget because they have an ending sitting there waiting to be used – makes economic sense! The original was widely reported for being problematic, having spiralling budget problems and its star being dissatisfied with what was being produced. Then the ending didn’t work and new writers were brought in to ‘family’ it up for its PG-13 (M) rating. .. Even after all these problems Paramount & Plan B delivered a winner.
So it’s no surprise that the Starry Wreath Mountain People are putting a follow up on the table – they’d be mad not to!
… And if you were wondering what bits were added/changed here you go:
Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard were brought in to write a new ending (which kicks in from the mid air plane attack) and humanise the movie a bit more. This from The Huffington Post via Collider:
- Gerry Lane (Pitt) and his wife, Karin (Mireille Enos), being awakened by their daughters, Rachel and Constance.
- The family in the kitchen eating breakfast as reports of the first “rabies” (i.e. zombie) outbreak is announced on the television.
- Lane, who is driving the family from Philadelphia to Newark, New Jersey, in a commandeered RV, has to pull over to treat Rachel’s asthma attack.
- Lane phones Karen during a plane ride from South Korea to Jerusalem.
And here’s an exerpt from the original ending of the film (via movies.com) in which, after the plane leaves Israel, they land in Moscow:
The elderly and the sick are executed and the healthy people, including a very shaken Gerry, are immediately drafted into armed service, though not before one particularly nasty Russian soldier takes Gerry’s cell phone. The story then jumps forward an unknown amount of time and we catch up with Gerry, who now has a full beard and has been a part of Russia’s zombie-clearing squad at least long enough for it to have changed to winter. He looks almost dead inside, but the reality is that over this time he’s become an experienced and ruthless zombie killer, and he’s the leader of his own equally capable unit.
So there you have it! MORE WORLD WAR Z on the way!