Paramount Pictures, Film London and Southwark Council announced today that World War Z, starring Academy Award-nominee Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), will be filming in the London Borough of Southwark.
During filming - which will take place on the Heygate Estate later this month - the production will provide young, aspiring film-makers from the local community with a unique opportunity to gain exclusive access to a major film set and gain unprecedented experience by assisting on the production.
The Heygate Estate is due for demolition as part of significant investment in the area and a major regeneration programme. Although some perceive the Estate as having negative connotations for the borough, the local council and Film London, the capital's film and media agency, have worked with Paramount Pictures to bring the local community a very special opportunity, on a production featuring one of the world's biggest stars.
Due for release on December 21 2012, World War Z is a geo-political thriller from Paramount and Skydance Productions, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, is a Plan B Entertainment/Apparatus Productions. The film has shot extensively across the UK including Scotland as well as in Malta and Hungary.
World War Z is one of a number of feature films currently shooting in the capital. The city's unique locations, world-class crew and facilities make it attractive to film-makers all over the world. Feature film production in crucial to the city's economy and generated approximately m for the capital in 2010, with early figures indicating that figure could rise in 2011.
Produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Colin Wilson and Ian Bryce, the screenplay is written by Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play) from Max Brooks' best-selling novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Starring Pitt (Moneyball), Mireille Enos (AMC's The Killing), Daniella Kertesz in her feature film debut, James Badge Dale (The Departed) and Matthew Fox (Lost), the film's Executive Producers are Forster, Brad Simpson, David Ellison, Paul Schwake, Dana Goldberg, Graham King and Tim Headington.
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world to help stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry's wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.
Behind-the-scenes talent includes two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (The Aviator; JFK), production designer Nigel Phelps (Transformers: Dark of the Moon; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo (Avatar) and Academy Award-nominated editor Matt Chesse (Finding Neverland).