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Drew Goddard Wrote New 'World War Z' Ending, But Christopher McQuarrie May Step In To Do More Work

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2012 1:44 PM
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So just how much of a nightmare is Paramount's "World War Z"? By the looks of it, a zombie apocalypse would be preferable to what they're going through on the Brad Pitt tentpole. With the movie delayed to next summer, seven weeks of reshoots tentatively planned for this fall and the studio honcho admitting that so far, they've only got 45 minutes to 1 hour of a decent movie, a helluva lot of work needs to be done to prevent this from becoming a cautionary tale executives talk about in retirement. It was only last month that "Lost" and "Prometheus" scribe Damon Lindelof was brought in to try and bang out something better than what Paramount had before, but it turns out, he had a bit of help.

Damon Lindelof Returns To TV For HBO Adaptation Of 'Election' & 'Little Children' Author Tom Perotta's 'The Leftovers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2012 6:09 PM
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Making his name famously or infamously (depending how you look at it) as a writer and producer on the hit ABC series "Lost," Damon Lindelof's career has moved moved in leaps and bounds. With "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Prometheus" under his belt and "Star Trek 2," "World War Z" and the mysterious "1952" on the horizon, he's a highly sought after name for blockbuster material, and one might think the small screen is just not that interesting of a challenge anymore. Well, guess again.

Decoding 'Prometheus' & What We Might See Should We Ever Get A 'Prometheus 2'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 12, 2012 1:00 PM
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Frustrated? Angry? Bored? Hungry? Ready to move on? Yes, the online conversation surrounding Ridley Scott's ambitious, belated return to the science-fiction genre in "Prometheus" is nearly exhausted. Depending on who you are, you've either experienced enough for a lifetime (online writers and editors surely have), but if you're the audience who may have just recently caught the film, your thirst for more discussion around the film might not have been sated quite yet.

Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2012 10:00 AM
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Well, "Prometheus" is in theaters. And if nothing else, it's been causing more furious debate -- in multiplex lobbies, in bars, online -- than most movies in recent memory. And The Playlist head office has been a warzone, with some loving the film, some loathing it, and some (like our review) falling somewhere in the middle. Name-calling and threats of physical violence have ensued.

Damon Lindelof To Rewrite 3rd Act Of 'World War Z,' Will Probably Give It A Vague, Frustrating Ending

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2012 2:40 PM
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With the Marc Forster-directed, Brad Pitt-starring "World War Z" not only being pushed back to next summer, but gearing up for seven weeks of reshoots, the stink of "disaster" is beginning to emanate from this one. And now, one man will try to repair the film. His name? Damon Lindelof.

Androids, Sex & Sequels: 15 Things Learned About Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2012 10:57 AM
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Over thirty years after the 'space jockey' first appeared in "Alien," and after a couple of months of speculation and rumor, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," his return to sci-fi for the first time since "Blade Runner", and his continuation/prequel/spin-off/whatever to his 1979 space horror classic, finally hits theaters today. It's one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, and is already inspiring fierce debate (The Playlist team are split down the middle on the project, with wildly divided reactions from those who've seen it).

Review: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Is A Gorgeous, Fascinating Muddle Of Ideas That Can't Stick The Landing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2012 7:11 PM
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Ambition is a rare thing in movies these days, especially when it comes to summer blockbuster fare. There might be ambitions to blow up bigger things, or include more bad guys, or feature more stars, but in terms of real ambition -- telling big stories, about big subjects, on a huge canvas -- only a handful of filmmakers are really playing ball. Far more so than its predecessor "Alien," which is, after all, pretty much a haunted house designed to scare the living hell out of you, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" has big ambitions. It wants to ask the big questions -- where do we come from? Why are we here? -- while also serving as a 3D, CGI-filled thrill ride.

Charlize Theron Was Originally Going To Play Noomi Rapace's Role In 'Prometheus,' And More On Ridley Scott's Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 8:59 AM
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We're now only a little over two weeks before "Prometheus," the much-anticipated sci-fi opus from Ridley Scott, set in the same universe as his solid gold classic "Alien," begins to roll out in theater: the film opens internationally on June 1st, before coming to the U.S. the following week. And as such, the publicity tour for the film is starting to gear up, with the films' stars, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, gracing magazine covers the world over.

Watch: Ridley Scott & Damon Lindelof Talk Extraterrestrial Life, Reveal Bits Of New 'Prometheus' Footage In TV Spot & Featurette

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 9, 2012 3:41 PM
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Now that we're promised sci-fi violence, some intense images, and a smattering of brief language, 20th Century Fox is now ramping its “Prometheus” marketing into overdrive to try and ensure an audience sees the damn thing. Not that the film's smart campaign hasn't been incredibly satisfying thus far, but that's exactly why a new TV spot and featurette revealed today might still pique your interest.

Brad Bird To Direct Mystery Disney Project '1952' Penned By Damon Lindelof

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2012 2:06 PM
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Well it may not be his San Francisco earthquake epic "1906," but it looks like another numerically titled movie has caught the attention of Brad Bird.

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