World War Z is an American action horror film directed by Marc Forster. Let’s see some amazing faccts and trivia about it!
1.The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks.
2.The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic.
3. Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment secured the film rights in 2007, and Forster was approached to direct. In 2009, Carnahan was hired to rewrite the script. Filming began in July 2011 in Malta, on an estimated $125 million budget, before moving to Glasgow in August 2011 and Budapest in October 2011.
4. Originally set for a December 2012 release, the production suffered some setbacks. In June 2012, the film’s release date was pushed back, and the crew returned to Budapest for seven weeks of additional shooting.
5. Damon Lindelof was hired to rewrite the third act, but did not have time to finish the script, and Drew Goddard was hired to rewrite it. The reshoots took place between September and October 2012.
6. World War Z premiered in London on June 2, 2013, and was chosen to open the 35th Moscow International Film Festival. The film premiered in New York, and Los Angeles on June 14, 2013, and released everywhere on June 21, 2013, in the United States, in 2D and RealD 3D.
7. The film received positive reviews for Brad Pitt’s performance and as a realistic revival of the zombie genre, but received certain criticism for the anti-climax and outdated CGI. Regardless, the film was a commercial success, grossing over $540 million against a production budget of $190 million, becoming the highest-grossing zombie film of all time.
8. A sequel was announced shortly after the film’s release; it was tentatively scheduled for a June 2017 release, but has since been delayed.
9. On a budget of $125 million, World War Z began principal photography in July 2011 in Malta, with the first images of production being released a few days later.
10. Filming was set to move to Glasgow, Scotland in August with the production company looking to recruit 2,000 local extras for the shoot.
11. At least 3,000 people showed up at a casting call in Glasgow on July 9, hoping for the opportunity to appear in a scene set in a financial district in Philadelphia.
12. Scenes were also shot in Falmouth, Cornwall.
13. Also in July 2011, Game of Thrones actor Elyes Gabel was cast as a character named Fassbach.
14. In August 2011, Bryan Cranston entered negotiations to join the film in a “small but flashy” role but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Also in August, filming was set to take place along a road on the perimeter of the Grangemouth Refinery in Grangemouth, Scotland. The location was chosen for the length of the road which is crucial to the shot.
15. A few days later Paramount announced the film would be released on December 21, 2012. Later in the same month, filming began in Glasgow.
16. The location manager for the film said Glasgow had been chosen because of its architecture, wide roads, and grid layout.
17. Scenes were also filmed aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Argus, before the Glasgow shoot. The ship was turned into the “USS Madison”, which involved stenciling a new pennant number on to the funnel, as well as adding some “Americanism” to the superstructure. Steven McMenemy, the Argus’s navigator said, “The ship sailed and we were joined by four small catamarans which were being used as markers for the cameras, so that warships could be added in with CGI later.”
18. In October 2011, David Morse was cast as a “prisoner living in an abandoned jail.”
19. The filmmakers initially intended to film a climactic battle scene set in Russia, and the crew moved to Budapest to film it there.
20. Filming in Budapest commenced on the evening of October 10, 2011.That morning, the Hungarian Counter Terrorism Centre raided the warehouse where guns had been delivered for use as filming props.
21. The 85 assault rifles, sniper rifles, and handguns had been flown into Budapest overnight on a private aircraft, but the film’s producers had failed to clear the delivery with Hungarian authorities, and while the import documentation indicated that the weapons had been disabled, all were found to be fully functional.
22. On February 10, 2012, the charges were dropped after investigators were unable to identify exactly which “organization or person” had “ownership rights”; therefore they could not “establish which party was criminally liable
23. .In May 2013, the British rock band Muse posted a video on their YouTube channel, hinting that they would be contributing to the soundtrack of World War Z; the instrumental-dubstep versions of the songs “The 2nd Law: Isolated System” and “Follow Me” (produced by the electronic band Nero )were used.
24. In June, Warner Bros. Records released the soundtrack album for the film, which featured the original score composed by Beltrami.
25. David Fincher is the director of Word War Z 2.