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Meet WORLD WAR Z(ombies?) From Glasgowdelphia!!

Merrick here...

Gordon, an AICN reader, sent in the following message and photographs after glimpsing the Glasgow shoot of Marc Forster's WORLD WAR Z adaptation.  

Wednesday we got a look at Glasgow made over as Philadelphia - there's more of that here, along with a nice look (our first look?) at some zombie/gnarly/dead(ish)/decidedly unhealthy folk. 

Here's the note from Gordon, followed by his pictures.  We truly appreciate both!  


I've been taking lots of photos in Glasgow today of the World War Z ' Philadelphia ' set. There was a truck with either 'dead people' or 'zombie' dummies in the back of it, which i have attached to this email + some other photos. The ' zombies' look strangely like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards!



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  • Aug. 19, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Is this really going to be PG-13???

    by Servo1000

    WTF needs to be a hard R

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    by Nick

    If they're trying to make it look like Philly, why are they using MTA buses and not Septa buses?

  • If they're trying to make it look like Philly, why are they using MTA buses and not Septa buses?

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Dummies look like regular Glaswegians to me.

    by Valaquen

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Everybody is trying to reinvent the zombie

    by Terrence

    You can't do it. They're rotting corpses.

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST


    by mrbagwell

    Looks like they've got a Paul McCartney dummy too. I don't remember anything in the book about old English rock stars attacking Philadelphia.

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    PG13 zombie film

    by Rabbitcakes

    Shows the filmmakers and/or studio don't give two shits about the book. Friend 1: Hey, they're making World War Z into a movie! Brad Pitt's going to be in it. Friend 2: Yeah, it's going to be PG13. Friend 1: What the FUCK???!

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by pr0g2west

    That looks eerily like Philly...except for the fact that the one bus isn't Septa...and in the last pic there is a hill...whereas Broad St. is all flat. Oh and none of the extras have any Phillies or Eagles attire. But other than that...pretty spot on!

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Oh, you insist on R ratings?

    by 3774

    Here. This news should excite you.

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    No R rating = Me not seeing it in movie theater

    by Judge Briggs

    Easy as that.

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Ada Wong in RE5?!?!?

    by KilliK

    FUCK i am already getting hard.!!

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Doesn't look a fucking thing like Philly

    by Phategod2

    As a native that looks nothing like Arch st and the Public transportation is all wrong.

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Lol @valaquen

    by CodeName

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    The four hanging on the rack = John, Paul, George, and Ringo

    by tylerzero

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    What would John Lennon be doing right now if he were alive?


    Clawing at the lid of his coffin. Ba Damp Bump!!

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    WWZ is DOA.

    by elgato73

    World War Z is a shitfest in the making: a PG-13 zombie apocalypse film that is completely and totally unfaithful to the source material it comes from. Fuck that. And filming in Glasgow for Philly (which, I can't fucking remember anything at all happening in Philadelphia in the book as the big battle took place in Yonkers and other places) is got to be one of the biggest slaps in the face to that city that's ever been. Fuck Brad Pitt for doing this and fuck Max Brooks for taking the money and running. An adaptation of WWZ that ditches the first person accounts and goes with an atypical third person perspective like everything else is not only trite, its just fucking boring. And a boring zombie film IS DEFINITELY NOT what we want. Zombie films are passe. They've run their course. They've become cliche. And this is another cliche in the making. The novel took a cliche and turned it into pop art that was chilling and utterly relevant. But the film, fuck that. This film could have been a landmark in horror cinema. Instead, its shaping up to be an absolute shit sandwich. Hell, at this point with The Walking Dead's budget being cut, anything with a zombie in it is absolutely toxic for being a potential groundbreaking piece of genre filmmaking. It's over. This genre needs to get the fuck out. We're sick of it. If Hollywood can't do it right, fuck'em.

  • Buckwheat is the kind of moviegoer that Hollywood loves. And that's why this genre and others continue to sink into the shitter--cunts like buckwheat will pay to see PG-13 zombie gore that's utterly boring and utterly sanitized for your viewing pleasure. Yeah, fuck that.

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I'll be honest

    by Kammich

    I never got all the way through the book. And I'm a kid that grew up on Romero zombie films, as well as lesser cult items like "Night of the Comet." A guy I worked with recommended the book to me, saying it was the end-all-be-all of all things zombie... I just couldn't jive to the loose narrative structure. There were only so many pages of random military people recounting random acts of zombie violence before I eventually put it down, never to return. Its still sitting on my bathroom shelf. I should probably give it another go, sometime.

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Eric Stoltz

    by cathartist

    as a zombie?

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    ha, that 2nd photo looks like a glossy for an English post punk band

    by Tigger Tales

  • Aug. 19, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    JMS Script

    by WASPFAN

    Does anyone at AICN know at all if the JMS script has been kept and what %.... Even AICN had a glowing "could win an oscar" review of the screenplay. This seems like they may have dummied down that script and further synopse from Paramount is not looking good -- ‘The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.’ So who knows???? AICN'ers??? This is a big change to make it current...

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    No no no no no no no no no no no no NO!

    by the1980mutant

    It's still early, but the more I see, the more I hate. The book was one of the best original reads of the decade. This movie will be atypical hollywood garbage. PG-13 zombies? The book was loaded with (at least) r-rated scenes of gore and violence beyond belief presented in a intelligent, social-psychologically driven manner. The movie will be tame enough that my 13 year old niece can see it. Great. Just Fucking Great.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    just dead bodies that'll be lying around

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    some people are funny how they react to a movie.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    pg-13. mama. knock. or nook.

    by djbry

    imagery equals bliss. if the public cannot see past the offscreen thought. Lemmie Divulge. The debate is clear. Which hi-ho shall we go? Red splatter effects. OR. Offscreen mind implants. What would it ook like to you - with some cheesy grin. MUST. I um, utter (sic) tastefully, MUST! Must include some righteous shit. No pan offs; some hard core, brain busting, liver flying, whore guzzling scenes! ABCD... R if you know what is good for you!

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    I'll probably see on video...

    by Superthug3000

    I dont know much about this property,But know enough that it has been highly anticipated by some, I honestly dont see what the problem is with it being PG-13, the studio probably made this decision so that more viewers could get in to see it. And look at The Walking Dead, great things were done with that and it was for television audiences in more or less a PG capacity,(However that show is going down the crapper without Darabont)Just wait and see there isn't too much information being given by looking at some dummies and a couple of buses.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Both The Dark Knight and Drag Me To Hell were PG13

    by pw

    And fucking rocked with it's content. Both would have been R back in the 80's (or cut to shit) so shut the fuck up, yeah? Philly is early stage Zombies. Each country Brad visits they get more progressively worse as the virus takes hold and more fucked up. Don't ask me how I know, but I do ;)

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 2:10 a.m. CST

    The Fab Four

    by BenBraddock

    don't look so fab

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Paul is Dead.

    by davidwebb

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by Spiderwalk

    Can someone please explain why they are filming in Glasgow. Would it not be cheaper to film in Philadelphia! the cost of shipping all those vehicals over to the U.K plus cast and crew must be astronomical.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    PG-13 now is NOT R back then....

    by Nervous Energy

    Neither Drag Me to Hell nor Dark Knight would have been R rated back in the 80's, more like PG. Never understood why people think ratings have gotten more lax when clearly they have gotten more strict. I've seen many PG rated movies from the 70's and 80's that would now qualify as R rated let alone PG-13.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Paul is Living Dead, surely?

    by BenBraddock


  • Aug. 20, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST

    World War Z is a good book if you've never read a book before I guess

    by magic_ninja

    Gotta love how every character is the goddamn same and I LOVE how Max Brooks knows what certain weapons are but not what they do. Funny how everyone on this site hates stereotypes yet this awful book is full of them.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    The bus route should be 42, not 37.

    by JusticeSabre

    Someone didn't do their homework.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:36 a.m. CST

    42 bus = Balanark to Drumchapel via City Centre.

    by davidwebb

    No zombies there, as far as I'm aware..

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Those places are in Glasgow, by the way.

    by davidwebb

  • Less so than Edinburgh but far better than everywhere in England besides London. I don't get the constant putting down of the place and the people by talkbackers. Also, this movie looks like shit.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    So That's What Happened To The Strokes!

    by Christopher Brannigan

    First comment ever, but been checking out Ain't It Cool for years. Big fan. Really chuffed a big movie is shooting in my city. Fuck all you nay-sayers - wait 'til you see the finished movie. Hope to see more flicks shot here, does anyone know more about supposed scenes from the Dark Knight Rises being shot here?

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    So does that make the one on the floor Pete Best?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • They start to turn black, just like those dummies. I would guess these are fairly fresh corpses. Pretty realistic. If you don't like this movie already, a movie that hasn't been made yet, then go make your own. It will join the rest of the fucking awful indie zombie movies out there in Internetland. If your basis for not wanting to see this is its rating, then you are clinically retarded. Pitt is good, zombies are good, the movie JUST MIGHT be good. Fuck you.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    zombies are queer and lame just like the losers who enjoy shit like this.

    by alienindisguise

    You're all stupid.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Those four zombies.....

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    are bigger than Jesus! oh shit!

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Sorry Jman

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    jus kiddin

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty PG-13 to me.

    by Yelsaeb

    In the books the zombies have like a blackish goopish type blood, so I geuss they're sticking to that. The absence of red blood will certainly help with that PG-13 rating they're wrongfully aiming for.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by 3774 Those saying that PG, PG-13 and R movies have stayed the same in content don't know what they are talking about. The whole thing is a sham anyway. Watch 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated'. When the difference in ratings can literally be a few seconds snipped here and there, freaking out about it is just needlessly hysterical. i wish WWZ was R. But boycotting the movie over it is moronic. They could have a more explicit original-cut waiting in the wings, and just be hedging their bets for success.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by 3774

    ...i ment to say, 'a few *milliseconds* snipped here and there...

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by Yer_Maw

    Plenty of Zombies in The Drum!!

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    One of extreme disappointments/bastardizations of JMS' script

    by GreatOne3

    Was how he followed the typical Hollywood bullshit of demonizing our military. In the book, the central underlying plot was concealing the world's use of the Redeker Plan in combating the zombie apocalypse. However, that's not good enough, becuase it doesn't demonize (a) our military; (b) the Catholic Church/religious figures; or (c) a major U.S. industry (preferably oil). You see, covering up the sacrificing of scores of people isn't good enough, you see. <p>So what JMS did was make the central underlying plot be concealing how the U.S. military screwed up the Battle of Yonkers by putting too many troops on the ground without sufficient ammunition (which was actually a major flaw in the book - what, the zombies had somehow crippled our Air Force? We had run out of Daisy Cutters and Spectre gunships? And we didn't have any technology to see that there were hundreds of thousands of zombies coming?) instead of putting the soldiers high in the surrounding buildings and letting shoot from on-high. This was such a "great secret" despite the presence of virtually every media outlet via helicopter. And to keep this great secret, the lead character is almost fed to the zombies by military personnel based upon the orders of an evil colonel. <p>Silly, stupid, lazy writing. The 2 draft versions of JMS' script overall were decent (and although inexcusable to omit the Air Force pilot's story, but I can see how it might chew up too much screen time), but going back to this tiresome trope is really disappointing.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by davidwebb

    No zombies, but walking dead aplenty.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Those zombies aren't zombies

    by LarkStew

    They're Glaswegians.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by The Pelti

    There are no hills in Center City Philadelphia, except for the one the Art Museum is on. The 37 Bus never goes into Center City, it runs from South Philly to the Airport, and all Philadelphia police vehicles are white with blue and yellow trim. And this movie would be shooting here if Pennsyltucky's Fascist-Republican Governor hadn't turned them away, at the same time he was throwing tax credits at Dark Knight Rises in the Pitt.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Zombies movies are rotten bodies of film anyway...

    by logosicon

    Sci-fi films(concepts & tech) > zombie films Musicals films(music & talent)> zombie films Martial Arts Films( fight & heroism)> zombie films Fuck the mobile decomposing corpses genre. Hugo

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Has anyone here actually considered the fact that...

    by dasheight

    ...a) Forster might have to deliver a PG-13 film in ODER TO GET $135 MILLION BUDGET FOR A ZOMBIE MOVIE? That without that deal, the film might not have ever been made at all? and that... b) Forster and Paramount might have agreed to a VERY HARD PG-13, or that Forster might deliver a fucking NC-17-worthy festival of zombie insanity in order to start the bargaining from a place where he'll ultimately get what a PG-13-rated film that in any other circumstance would be slapped with an R? For CHRIST'S SAKE. Anyway, the only thing that worries me about this is that, GIVEN that they might have a deal like that or that Forster is planning on doing that, that they've altered the narrative structure, judging by the official synopsis, in a major way. THAT'S the only thing that bugs me.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST


    by Rabbitcakes

    Why no, no one here ever thought for a second that they might have agreed to weaken the zombie violence/effects in order get the film made. I believe you've cracked the case. (Eyes roll into back of head.)

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I'm using Snyder's Dawn of the Dead as the benchmark here.

    by davidwebb

    You'd be deluded to think you were getting anything more than that at general release, which some people seem to. But yeah, PG13 will be pushing it slightly. It's going to be Walking Dead level stuff here.

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Busking zombie

    by chuffsterUK

    The first zombie is playing an invisible sax!

  • They're all emo-haired teens with acoustic guitars and Facebook addresses on the side of their guitar cases.

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    The point about Philly is

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    If you are going to take the time to research street names and landmarks and recreate those street names and landmarks, to not recreate the distinctive bus line that runs the entire southeastern part of the state is lazy. Anything that takes a viewer out of the reality of the film world is bad film making.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Sweet zombie jesus!

    by kingrobot

    Seriously, who gives a crap that they got the number and name on a bus wrong. The only people who will give a shit are anal retentive Philadelphian geeks. The rest of the audience won't care. They'll be watching a zombie movie. More on set photos. None of them taken in Philadelphia. I get the impression that those dummies above are prop car crash victims and not zombies. There have been a lot of car crashes on the sets.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    It's "Typical", not "Atypical"

    by Jack Desmondi

    fucking moron.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    PG-13 just means no "F" bombs, drug use or boobies...

    by Wickham Jones

    I agree that "PG-13 now" does not equal "R then", however, I have observed that over the last 10 or so years the application of PG-13 has changed. The "Walking Dead" has shown that you can have gross, disgusting zombie action on cable TV. It seems to me that films that get "R" ratings today have lots of f'bombs, drug use and sex/nudity. Violence or gore seems to be taken into consideration less and less as far as ratings go (which I find a bit disturbing).

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by poop


  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Jagger and Richards can make a dead man come in this movie!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    First pic: Homeless zombie saxophone player?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    It's been a Hard Dead's Night

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Hey, who put a pic of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in here?!?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    2nd & 3rd pic: Is Tobin Bell making a cameo?

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 13, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    by Steve

    THIS IS FLAWED FROM THE GETGO>> ‘The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.’ The first thing the governments do when a pandemic breaks out is lock down all travel. how is he going to jet around when there is a an outbreak.. Rediculous.. i loved the book.. screw Hwood and Brad Pitt(s)