Storyboards and Concept Art for the Original Ending of WORLD WAR Z [UPDATED]

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After World War Z opened to become a surprise hit, word started spreading about the movie’s original ending.  The film was supposed to take an incredibly dark turn in the third act where we would jump ahead in time and see Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) conscripted into the Russian army to fight against the zombies.  This would eventually lead to a huge battle in Moscow.  That battle was never filmed, but the storyboards and concept art remains.  Storyboard artist David Allcock and concept artist Seth Engstrom have posted their work on their respective websites, and they provide a look at what probably would have been a thrilling set piece.  However, based on what we know about the narrative of the third act, the excitement from the scene would have been blunted by the depressing plot.

Hit the jump to take a look at a “What if?” version of World War Z. [Update: We've been asked by Paramount to take down the images, as they were unofficially leaked.]

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  • Dylan D

    why scrap this ending, sounds awesome, i like the dark turn, too many movies have happy endings, while i liked the film, and the ending, this could have worked

  • Dylan D

    why scrap this ending, sounds awesome, i like the dark turn, too many movies have happy endings, while i liked the film, and the ending, this could have worked

    • Mario

      Because Mr. “I’m The Star” Pitt wanted the happy go lucky ending and needed that WWZ was the first installment of a lucrative franchise and to hell with other considerations.

      • Adam

        That’s pretty far from the truth. Brad Pitt had very little say in the matter. The changes were actually made to make World War Z more of a “self-contained” film because they didn’t imagine it would do well enough to kickstart a franchise (irony!). The original ending would have ended with a cliffhanger and been a total disaster if a sequel wasn’t greenlit. The darker atmosphere was also testing poorly with those who looked it over.

    • jjlouis

      budget

  • bidi

    so what’s the dark turn? that the war would’ve been going badly and gerry would’ve needed to fight?

    • zombie

      His wife sells herself to live in a safe place. She meets someone while she’s sleeping around which is that Matthew Fox character. I guess they wanted a more happy ending then that.

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  • http://www.apzmedia.com/ Pablo Apiolazza

    Beautiful storyboards!

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  • 80sRobot

    They should simply rework this scene and have it be the opening scene for the sequel. It opens with “6 MONTHS LATER…” and *BOOM* — we’re with Gerry right in the midst of the zombie battle in Moscow. All they would need to rewrite is establish that Gerry is on a mission for the UN in Moscow, assisting the Russians.

  • Ridge

    WWZ ending was perfect, but this could be great for the sequel …thumbs up Goldberg!

  • Strong Enough

    damon saved yet another franchise. the man is golden

    • Werefon

      Yeah, he saved it just like he saved the Alien franchise with shitty Prometheus script! Fuck you, fanboy))

      • Strong Enough

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      • Werefon

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      • Strong Enough

        your sister the main star!

      • Werefon

        So she pooped in your mouth! It smells)

      • Strong Enough

        she had you to practice on first. said you called it “happy time”

      • Werefon

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      • Strong Enough

        doesn’t everybody?

      • Werefon

        No, everybody screaming – Release the Kraken and then handling the businezz.

      • Strong Enough

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      • Werefon

        Unfortunately only Liam Neeson can call his dick – Kraken! So, nope.

      • Strong Enough

        lol

      • Strong Enough

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