Hollywood screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has been involved in a number of impressive movies over the years, including The Bourne Ultimatum and Contagion, and he recently worked on a screenplay for the movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of changes surrounding the movie and Scott admits that it is heartbreaking that his vision will not be brought to life.
Burns told Collider, “I have no idea, Rupert Wyatt and I worked on a draft last summer that I think we were both really excited about and he went into Fox and they seemed to like it, they wanted a lot of changes and they sort of parted ways over those changes.”
He added, “Then management shifted at fox, they brought in a new director, I think the new director wanted a new writer and I don’t know how much of what we did and I wrote is ongoing. It’s kind of heartbreaking because I really loved what we were trying to say with that movie so I hope some of it survives or that they came up with something a lot better.”
The next movie to hit the big screen that has been given the Scott Z. Burns treatment, is the Steven Soderbergh film Side Effects. As for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves has been brought on board to direct the movie and it is aiming to begin shooting next month, with a release date set for May 23, 2014 in both the US and the UK.