WORLD WAR Z Storyboards: Scenes From Moscow Ending That You Didn't See In Theaters

Artist, David Allcock, has uploaded his World War Z storyboards that depict scenes from the original Russian ending that was discarded by producers for Damon Lindelof's version. Check it out!

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By nailbiter111 - 7/14/2013


You all should be well aware by now that World War Z went through some major changes after producers were not happy with Marc Forster's cut of the film. The brought in screenwriter Damon Lindelof, who viewed the film, and then made some suggestions that completely changed the third act. The main changes take place when Brad Pitt's character, Gerry Lane, boards a plane in Jerusalem with the injured female Israeli soldier Segen (Daniella Kertesz). In the theatrical version, the plane is rerouted by the United Nations, is attacked by zombies in mid-flight, and crashes in crash land in Wales. Gerry and Segen are the only two survivors and head off to a World Health Organization building nearby.

But in Matthew Michael Carnahan’s draft of the script, the plane isn't attacked by zombies or rerouted by the U.N., but instead lands safely in Russia. There, the country is in bad shape, and Gerry and Segen are forced to joined the military, while the sick and old are deemed worthless, so they are executed.

If you'd like to read about all of the changes you can click here, but I want to focus on the storyboards below. In the theatrical cut of WWZ Gerry discovers how to camouflage himself at the WHO building, but in the Moscow storyline he figures out that zombies have another weakness.
When Gerry Lane and his hordes are forced to fight the zombies at gunpoint by the rogue Russian military, they discover— when attempting a little side mission— that the zombies are huddled around fire and taking turns attacking. The warmest, most alive zombies go into the field to attack while the shivering ones try and warm up. It’s all in keeping with the idea of zombie hordes as schools of fish, flocks of birds or pride of lions working together, that runs throughout both versions of “World War Z.” So how do they beat them? In Russia anyhow, Pitt’s Gerry Lane convinces the Russian commanders to extinguish all fires. At first the initial thought it's, “Are you nuts?” as half the Russians and slaves are dying of the cold anyhow, but it’s their only option. Cut to a few days later and all the zombies have died from the cold and the Russians and the slaves are victorious.


The images once here have been removed at the request of the studio.


United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.



WORLD WAR Z was directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay was written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard and Damon Lindelof, based on the book written by Max Brooks. The cast includes: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, and Matthew Fox. The film is now playing at your local theater.
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Bodwulf - 7/14/2013, 1:29 PM
I like how the Zombies acted like raptors.
tonytony - 7/14/2013, 1:38 PM
this was a womans movie. The main audience around the world for this was women who wanted to stare at brad pitt.
TMP - 7/14/2013, 1:57 PM
@tonytony
If that's so, then why didn't Moneyball (an amazing film BTW) make this kind of money? Or Killing them Softly?
Anyways, I remember last year I said this movie would be shit and flop. I was wrong on both accounts. It's a huge box office success, and was a very enjoyable film, probably my third favorite of the summer so far, behind MU and STiD (Haven't seen PR yet)
TMP - 7/14/2013, 1:57 PM
Also, I'm happy that they didn't go with this ending. The third act in the film was the best one of the three IMO
JediPhilosopher - 7/14/2013, 2:06 PM
Maybe I've seen too many zombie movies, but I didn't see why this movie was even made. What it offered that was new wasn't really anything worth watching for in my opinion. Also, I'm not a fan of the extreme speed zombies.
Nick56 - 7/14/2013, 3:18 PM
To me the 2nd act was the strongest and most interesting (Korea/Jerusalem). The 1st act felt too rushed and the 3rd act was a little far-fetched. However I don't like the sound of the moscow original ending...seems out of place with the rest of the movie
BANE5000 - 7/14/2013, 3:22 PM
I havent seen the movie yet...do they show the Battle of Yonkers at all?
Alfredo27 - 7/14/2013, 3:52 PM
if they would have kept that ending it would have been an A+ movie other than it still doesnt follow the book. The ending now makes the movie a B-. First 30-45 minutes are really well done. Its a shame what a group of woman and children can do in a focus group. The end where they storm into the beaches Oregon like they were normady with a bunch of battle harden Russians ready to take the fight into America to free his sex slave wife would have been the movie ending of the year
whoa123 - 7/14/2013, 4:48 PM
I had low expectations on this movie, but when I watched, I thoroughly enjoyed and my pulse was pounding on the third act. I'm glad they didn't go in this direction.
Jolt17 - 7/14/2013, 7:48 PM
I wish they'd stuck with this - it would've provided a more suitable end, to the massive scope the movie has been showing the zombie apocalypse with through the first two acts, thus making the whole movie somewhat less typical, and...yes, perhaps taking it from "good," to "very good."
GUNSMITH - 7/14/2013, 8:33 PM
ITS A TRILOGY...THEY'LL AMP IT UP...IF ITS A TRILOGY IT PROLLY THEMES LIKE THIS:

1. DISCOVERY: OUTBREAK OF ZOMBIE

2. ADAPTATION: HUMANITY FIND A WAY TO SURVIVE

3. RESOLUTION: A CURE IS FOUND.
JettJagguarrr - 7/14/2013, 8:43 PM
This movie was very good....that is all.
loki668 - 7/14/2013, 10:55 PM
As long as they destroy the most hated of all zombies!!

MightyZeus - 7/14/2013, 11:36 PM
World War Z was awesome. Although this ending if it was in the film i wouldnt have minded.
jimoakley666 - 7/15/2013, 2:07 AM
Zombie films bore me.
jimoakley666 - 7/15/2013, 2:08 AM
I was hoping this would offer something new. Nope.
wambam91 - 7/15/2013, 3:31 AM
I'm hoping we may get some of this Moscow action in a sequel if it happens, it certainly seems cool!
wcwpoet - 7/15/2013, 6:07 AM
I like the ending they did in theaters. Yeah the ending above would've been more action packed, but I down for a sequel, and the ending above didn't make a ton of sense to me.

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