After chartering a Virgin train to transport roughly 350 cast and crew members from London to Glasgow two weeks ago, production for the upcoming ‘World War Z’ movie officially finished its location work in the city today.
While Glaswegians may be sad to see Brad Pitt depart the city (he’s actually already returned to London with the entire Pitt-Jolie clan and reportedly took the kids to see ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ yesterday), they are no doubt glad to see the George Square traffic and pedestrian restrictions lifted. Glasgow’s famous square and surrounding streets have been dressed with U.S. cars, taxis, street signs and posters announcing “local” Philadelphia events – the city in which the ‘World War Z’ zombie story unfolds – but things should be back to normal by tomorrow.
>>Click here to view a flickr set of ‘World War Z’ film location photos posted by the Glasgow City Council.<<
As we mentioned when ‘World War Z’ was filming on Malta (the filming location that will serve as Israel in the movie), the screenplay has been adapted from 2006’s popular “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks, with Marc Foster (‘Monster’s Ball’, ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’) helming.
The Glasgow shoot, which involved around 1200 people and benefitted the local economy to the tune of £2M, also gave Pitt a chance to become a real-life hero. During filming of a zombie mob scene, one of the extras fell to the ground and was about to be trampled when Pitt righted her, likely saving her from serious injury. The accident apparently occurred during a subsequent take of “the chase scene” depicted in this Glasgow ‘World War Z’ filming video.
Pitt may also have been a real-life cad during the filming, and if one wants to believe Star Magazine, he’s been kicked out of the family home by Jolie for it. Supposedly, the star has been engaging in some on-set shenanigans with his attractive 25-year-old assistant, Lara Marsden. But, then again, Star Magazine is sort of in “the shenanigans-selling business,” so who knows if the rumor is true? (Should I add, “Who cares?” or was that implied?)
Look for ‘World War Z’ to erupt in theaters on December 21, 2012 – a fitting date, to be sure.