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Marc Forster discusses the vastly different endings of World War Z and how Alien 3 inspired the one they chose

Sep. 17, 2013by: Alex Maidy

WORLD WAR Z was a surprising success at the box office despite numerous reports of the strife on set and the ballooning budget that had many predicting a huge flop. When all was said and done, WORLD WAR Z was a good piece of entertainment but also not anywhere near what was expected from Max Brooks' source material. One of the huge things missing from the film were the large scale battle scenes that were told by characters in the book. The original ending to WORLD WAR Z was to be one of these war scenes that took place in Moscow. But, as we have come to learn, that scene was scrapped and a new ending was shot. So, what happened to the original ending?

Movies.com discussed that deleted scene with director Marc Forster who has proclaimed that we will never see the original Battle of Moscow ending as he didn't feel it fit with the movie they were making. Here is what he had to say:

I believed in this ending more than anything. What I also liked about it was every summer blockbuster is trying in the third act is to do a bigger set piece thats bigger and louder than what youve seen in the rest of the movie. I felt going against the grain and doing something more quiet and simple will be so much interesting and refreshing and something that were not used to. I was excited coming from a concept standpoint that everybody was willing to go there and not be like everybody else and do this big battle set piece, which was huge and loud and long; that we would go and take it in this smaller more quieter space.

The ending of WORLD WAR Z as it stands takes place in a World Health Organization facility and is the complete opposite of a balls out war sequence. Does it work? Yes, it is a well crafted and thrilling scene and it does keep in tone with the overall movie, but I still would have liked a film with the word war in the title to have a little more combat.

Marc Forster also explains where his inspiration came for the tone WORLD WAR Z ended up going with:

The inspiration from this came from the ending of Alien 3, the confrontation of Ripley and the Alien where the Alien avoids her because shes pregnant. Personally, that was the inspiration when the glass door opens and you have the zombie face-to-face with Gerry and then walking by. I enjoyed that.

Again, I liked WORLD WAR Z, but I didn't love it. The book took the zombie story to a new place by showing all sides of a global battle against the living dead. The promise of a movie based on that should have used ALIENS as the inspiration by having scene after scene of epic warfare. If they intend to film a sequel, maybe that will take it to the next level.

Source: Movies.com

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3:55AM on 09/18/2013
I was entertained by the film, but pretty much got what I expected. The trailers were awful, so I was pleased to see it was a lot better than I expected. Haven't read the book though, and it's probably good I didn't read it before going in or I fear I would have been disappointed.
I was entertained by the film, but pretty much got what I expected. The trailers were awful, so I was pleased to see it was a lot better than I expected. Haven't read the book though, and it's probably good I didn't read it before going in or I fear I would have been disappointed.
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9:37PM on 09/17/2013

LMAO

Love how this guy is taking credit for the new ending when wasn't it mandated by the studio and probably Brad Pitt?
Love how this guy is taking credit for the new ending when wasn't it mandated by the studio and probably Brad Pitt?
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7:30PM on 09/17/2013
I liked the ending as it is. I thought the movie overall was good, but not great. Perhaps I've just reached my zombie saturation point.
I liked the ending as it is. I thought the movie overall was good, but not great. Perhaps I've just reached my zombie saturation point.
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5:26PM on 09/17/2013
Wait.....there was a zombie in this movie???
Wait.....there was a zombie in this movie???
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3:33PM on 09/17/2013

The ending they used was much better.....

The original was some ridiculous side-plot of how his wife started banging the helicopter pilot who saved them and he had to rush home to win back his family, blah, blah, blah.....Talk about not in line with the movie they filmed!!! The Moscow thing would have been cool if they had lost the silly family drama. But the ending they chose was cool as well. They did the quick shots with governments figuring out ways to really take the fight to the zombies, which would have been cool to see a bit
The original was some ridiculous side-plot of how his wife started banging the helicopter pilot who saved them and he had to rush home to win back his family, blah, blah, blah.....Talk about not in line with the movie they filmed!!! The Moscow thing would have been cool if they had lost the silly family drama. But the ending they chose was cool as well. They did the quick shots with governments figuring out ways to really take the fight to the zombies, which would have been cool to see a bit more detail on, but it would have become too repetitive pretty quickly.

My only annoyance with the film (besides how fast the zombies turned on the plane) was the Israel scene. The people in Israel were so quick to jump on the disaster that they managed to build an enormous wall completely blocking off the city, but they didn't think to build a secondary wall (or post guards on the main wall) in the weeks that followed? How about an electric fence on top (or even razor wire)? It was a huge break in logic after such a cool plot device.
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9:00PM on 09/17/2013
yeah I thought the wall in Isreal was kinda weak too. They could have flared the wall out at the top and put razor wire on top of it, then no one would have been able to climb it. Of course if they did that, then the city wouldn't have been over run and we wouldn't have a movie.
yeah I thought the wall in Isreal was kinda weak too. They could have flared the wall out at the top and put razor wire on top of it, then no one would have been able to climb it. Of course if they did that, then the city wouldn't have been over run and we wouldn't have a movie.
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2:56PM on 09/17/2013
Completely agree with Foster. The new ending is just better period. It's good to see scifi go smarter once in a while.
Completely agree with Foster. The new ending is just better period. It's good to see scifi go smarter once in a while.
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1:14PM on 09/17/2013
I didn't really appreciate the plane crash as having them both lived seemed really unrealistic. ( I know, in a movie with zombies.) But overall, I really enjoyed the movie.
I didn't really appreciate the plane crash as having them both lived seemed really unrealistic. ( I know, in a movie with zombies.) But overall, I really enjoyed the movie.
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4:50PM on 09/17/2013
To be fair, the plane landed in Wales, so the mud absorbed most of the impact.
To be fair, the plane landed in Wales, so the mud absorbed most of the impact.
12:41PM on 09/17/2013
i would have preferred the original ending, really took me out the experience after the plane crash. Lindelof should be considered for move jail, but I also agree with Jedd below.
i would have preferred the original ending, really took me out the experience after the plane crash. Lindelof should be considered for move jail, but I also agree with Jedd below.
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12:21PM on 09/17/2013
People often give Damon Lindelof a lot of flack, but I think he needs to be given credit for helping Marc Forster pull together the new ending on the fly. It was suspenseful, a straightforward "quest" mission in which Gerry had a clear goal and obstacles to overcome to reach it, and it was easy to get involved in. I think there were some silly moments (the zombie chattering his teeth and the other guy knocking his head against the glass) but it was a good ending. I totally agree with
People often give Damon Lindelof a lot of flack, but I think he needs to be given credit for helping Marc Forster pull together the new ending on the fly. It was suspenseful, a straightforward "quest" mission in which Gerry had a clear goal and obstacles to overcome to reach it, and it was easy to get involved in. I think there were some silly moments (the zombie chattering his teeth and the other guy knocking his head against the glass) but it was a good ending. I totally agree with ElderPredator about films that start out massive and then end on a more personal, intimate note. Not every blockbuster has to conclude with cities being levelled, even though there's nothing inherently wrong with that.
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11:34AM on 09/17/2013
I actually thought the ending was the best part of the film. So I'm very happy they chose to go with this particular ending. It was intense as hell.

Would love to see a sequel of the actual war though this time.
I actually thought the ending was the best part of the film. So I'm very happy they chose to go with this particular ending. It was intense as hell.

Would love to see a sequel of the actual war though this time.
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11:23AM on 09/17/2013

Good decision

Esspecially we get a glimpse into the future with Peter Capaldi as the doctor in it who is in charge of the W.H.O lab and it's just outside Cardiff where they make it. Oddly I was told none of it was shot in Wales.

Evertime Cardiff got a mention in the cinema everyone cheered in the cinema according to my brother when he watched it in Cardiff :P
Esspecially we get a glimpse into the future with Peter Capaldi as the doctor in it who is in charge of the W.H.O lab and it's just outside Cardiff where they make it. Oddly I was told none of it was shot in Wales.

Evertime Cardiff got a mention in the cinema everyone cheered in the cinema according to my brother when he watched it in Cardiff :P
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11:21AM on 09/17/2013

Glad they went with the different ending

You can read the original ending online and, while it might have been super action packed, it was also just really weird and out of left field and really doesn't do much to wrap things up. Action is great, but I'll take good story over good action any day and from what I've read it really seems like the alternative ending helped tell the better story in the end.
You can read the original ending online and, while it might have been super action packed, it was also just really weird and out of left field and really doesn't do much to wrap things up. Action is great, but I'll take good story over good action any day and from what I've read it really seems like the alternative ending helped tell the better story in the end.
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11:20AM on 09/17/2013
I actually prefer the W.H.O. ending as opposed to the Russian front because that could be an entire movie in itself. I love films that start off massive and then become more personal and smaller by the very end much like SKYFALL.
I actually prefer the W.H.O. ending as opposed to the Russian front because that could be an entire movie in itself. I love films that start off massive and then become more personal and smaller by the very end much like SKYFALL.
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