Seemingly snubbing our fair city, Brad Pitt chose to begin shooting his new movie “World War Z” in Glasgow, Scotland instead.
The raw irony here? The film is about zombies attacking Philadelphia. Yesterday, as the $120 million movie took off, crews in Scotland began altering store fronts and other landmarks to make Glasgow look more like Philly.
The film will dump $2.5 million into the local economy of Glasgow, easily making it Scotland’s most profitable film deal ever, as Fox29 reports.
So why did Pitt choose Glasgow over Philadelphia, even with its strong production facilities, proximity to New York, and large pool of extras?
Philly even offers a hefty tax incentive deal for film and TV show makers to do location shooting here. However, the future of that tax subsidy was entirely up in the air back in February as press assumed new Gov. Tom Corbett would cut the tax credit from his budget. Apparently Pitt had to make a move and choose a location before Corbett decided to not only keep the tax credit but add funding to it.
Looks like Pitt may have made a huge mistake? Also, Glasgow is probably much cleaner than Philadelphia which might mean less work for film crews in the long run.