The Hollywood Reporter did a cover article on Damon Lindelof. In the piece they discuss everything from LOST to Star Trek Into Darkness to Star Wars. With Trek and World War Z Lindelof has writing credits on two big $200 … Continue reading

Damon Lindelof Talks ‘World War Z’ and ‘Star Wars’

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The Hollywood Reporter did a cover article on Damon Lindelof. In the piece they discuss everything from LOST to Star Trek Into Darkness to Star Wars.

With Trek and World War Z Lindelof has writing credits on two big $200 million plus summer tent pole films. We all know how Lindelof landed the STID gig considering his buddy JJ Abrams is the producer/director, but what about WWZ?

As it turns out WWZ star Brad Pitt was a fan of Lindelof’s script for Prometheus and decided to reach out to him on WWZ.

So what did Lindelof think when Pitt called and asked him to fix the ending of WWZ?

“I think you’re supposed to act like that sort of thing just happens all the time,” says Lindelof of his first, nerve-racking meeting. ” ‘Hey, we’re all just filmmakers here, hanging out and drinking coffee and talking story.’ It took about 20 minutes for my brain to stop saying, ‘Be cool, be cool, be cool.’”

“The idea of a large-scale, epic, $150 million zombie movie starring Brad Pitt sounds pretty good to me,” he says. “Because I haven’t seen that before. I haven’t seen the go-for-broke, insane zombie movie. 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.”

As it turns out WWZ had bigger problems script wise than just the ending. So big, in fact, that Lindelof had to bring in Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, LOST), and convince paramount to cough up another $20 mil for re-shoots.

“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,’ “ Lindelof says. “I just got through the Prometheus experience, and ‘Lindelof comes in to fix the World War Z ending’ will bring, literally — it’ll be the worst press you can ever imagine. I guarantee that I will take all the blame if the movie doesn’t do well. That’s what I’m here for.”

Speaking of Lindelof’s buddies, lets get back to JJ Abrams, who has signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.

So, with his pal directing, will Lindelof take a crack at the script?

“When the news first broke that Disney was going to do it,” he says, “people were already tweeting, ‘Just keep Damon Lindelof away from it.’ When I saw that, I started realizing that it would be a lose-lose for me in every way, shape or form.”

So, sadly, he won’t be involved in Episode VII, at least not overtly.

Here’s Abrams on Lindelof and Star Wars:

“I consider both of us part of each other’s pitching cabinet; we’re both there for each other, officially or otherwise, no matter what. I know for a fact that, moving forward, I will bend his ear on this.”

SOURCE: THR

  • yomammabinfartin’

    Keep that fucking no talent hack away from Star Wars!!

  • Randall Emerson Appleby

    I really think his work is disturbingly underwhelming, & I agree he needs ta keep his mothafuckin hands off ANYTHING Star Wars related!

  • Uglymask

    If anyone knows more about occult allegory than Lucas, it’s Lindelof. I would think he is best qualified to create a new star wars story bible if we want it to be like the original. Is the geek consensus against Lindelof? Was it that last season of lost?… k, fine. But Prometheus? … I liked it… damn it… and I’m a geek. I know I’m a geek because I’m arguing on a Latino Review thread.
    Lindelof is perfect! Sometimes the consensus is just crazy wrong. Ex: You guys want a moron batman who can remember the word submarine in reference to sonar to be in the Justice League. Lindelof for STAR WARS and Lucius Fox for the Justice League!

  • Uglymask

    *can’t remember*
    Karma makes me typo every time I’m a dick on a forum.

  • Skyrat

    I dont even want Lindelost to take a sniff at the script stay away with your childish scripts

  • theseeker7

    you know that the Disqus commenting system allows the user to go back and edit the content of their original post once it’s up, right? ;)

  • flingo mcflop

    damon lindelof should be once of the most respected writers out there, especially with his rewrites, when chosen to rewrite, he asks permission to the former writer(S) and he makes a list of the things he can’t touch, he makes this list by asking, he shows nothing but respect and he his hired to fix math problem scripts.

    with that being the case we should show him nothing but respect for what he has done

  • http://www.facebook.com/StephenMCroft Steve Croft

    At this point, with the quality of the prequels we can REALLY only head upwards from there… but do we only want to go upwards at a snails pace or rocket upwards is the question… so yeah, no to him.

  • Day_is_Over

    He’s a big idea man but his follow-through and execution are lacking. Him and Abrams have the same problem, they create a mystery box, but what’s inside is never interesting.

  • yomamabinfartin’

    I couldn’t disagree with you more! Prometheus was pretty to look but GOD did that movie have a ton of plot holes.

  • Uglymask

    a. That wouldn’t be funny.
    b. no, I did not.

  • Uglymask

    Idea man. Ok. Let him work with JJ on the sw bible and force Lawrence Kasdan to write the scripts at gun-point?

    Who would you trust with a star wars script?

  • jamthemaj

    haha hilarious response!

  • jamthemaj

    uglymask, i totally agree with you. in fact, i’ll take it a step further… i loved prometheus! i don’t understand all the hate it gets. it’s great sci-fi. people compare it too much to alien.
    lindelof is an excellent writer. i hope he does play a part in star wars. i can’t wait for star trek. he’s got my vote!

  • jamthemaj

    agreed!

  • jamthemaj

    i’m a fan of lindelof and of prometheus. i hope he does take a crack at star wars. i can’t wait to see what jj does with it!

  • Lane Meyer

    I’m glad he won’t be involved in “Star Wars 7″. He’s done enough damage already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wallyq Walter E. Quick Jr.

    Lindelof isn’t needed on Episode VII; you’ve already got Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) writing the script. I’m expecting immaculate things. Walking on water, water to wine things from this story.

  • Day_is_Over

    Orci and Kurtzman.

  • http://www.mediacritiquer.com/ MediaCritiquer.com

    Into Darkness was horrifically bad. Why is Lindedork being paid to destroy movies/franchises? Why?? Into Darkness and Prometheus play like parodies of their venerable predecessors – that’s how bad they are. Honestly, Into Darkness made Star Trek V look good – really. Prometheus made Alien 3 look good. All of the above make the Star Wars prequels look good. Conclusion: Lindedork bad.