World War Z Set Videos Full of Zombie Mayhem
09.08.11 by Ryan
The Glasgow, Scotland portion of the World War Z shoot has finally come to an end, but not before set videos and photos revealed the city's transformation into Philadelphia, car crashes and general chaos, and, best of all, zombie attacks. The zombie attacks were apparently so real that star Brad Pitt became a real-life hero when he intervened and saved a woman who had fallen during a take and was in danger of being trampled by the an onslaught of running extras.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Max Brooks, a recent plot synopsis revealed that, unlike the book, the movie may not be told entirely in flashback. Still, in director Marc Forster's recent comments to Film School Rejects about the movie, the Quantum of Solace director did say that he wanted to take on the book's political angle, adding that zombies "are a great metaphor to play with."
I think that’s the whole point of it. The book is not a narrative by any means, but that’s what I found in reading it: it can make for a political commentary within a genre picture. You know, I want it all to feel very real. Zombies are a metaphor for human behavior. There’s so much interesting stuff happening in the world right now, and on a global scale of change. Not just in the Middle East, but a lot of other places, as well. I do think zombies are a great metaphor. In the 70s, zombies were very popular, and George Romero was making critical movies about consumerism. It’s a great metaphor to play with. If you make them a part of your environment, then the more people can identify that this could happen in the here and now.
While the Glasgow shoot may be over, two set videos have just been released, the first of which reveals a large amount of extras racing through the streets (no woman being saved by Pitt, sadly).
The second video shows what many zombie fans have been waiting for: footage of an actual zombie attack. Revealed in the set video is a man stuck in his car who escapes only to be attacked by a zombie and soon begins the transformation into a member of the undead.
Starring Pitt, Mireille Enos (The Killing), Matthew Fox (Lost), James Badge Dale (The Departed), Elyes Gabel (HBO's Game of Thrones), and Bryan Cranston in a "small but flashy" role, World War Z has been scheduled by Paramount Pictures for a December 21, 2012 release.