Did you know Brad Pitt’s making a zombie flick called World War Z in Hungary? Is that a sure sign that the whole zombie craze has jumped the ocean-roaming carnivorous predator? Be that as it may, the production seems to be having…issues. Sure, it’s behind schedule and over budget, but what movie doesn’t have those problems? More significantly, World War Z’s managed to attract the attention of Hungary’s anti-terrorism officials. A Hungarian SWAT team raided a Budapest warehouse that was supposedly holding prop guns for the movie. Only they weren’t props….
Police seized 85 fully-functional weapons, most of which were automatic, military-style assault rifles. “We can confirm that weapons were confiscated at an airport,” Hajdu Janos and Zsolt Bodnar, the director and deputy director of Hungary’s Anti-Terrorism Unit, tell Us.
The problem, a source says, is that the guns came with paperwork claiming they were non-functional — but they’re actually in working order.
“This morning a private plane brought guns wrapped in a parcel from a company to an individual [in Budapest],” Janos and Bodnar add. “Guns like these are highly illegal to transport even if they were to used as stage guns, which hopefully they weren’t.”
Someone should probably do some splainin to the Hungarian law enforcement community. Has anyone seen the propmaster? Using fully-functioning guns on a movie set might be dangerous, dontcha think? The production company’s insurance carrier is probably burning up the phone lines trying figure out exactly WTF is going on over there.
But whatever happens, let’s not blame Brad.
Pitt’s company, Plan B Entertainment, is producing “World War Z.” It is scheduled for a December 2012 release.
According to a source, Pitt, 47, isn’t to blame for the prop problem. “The movie company’s employees must have made a mistake bringing the guns in without the Anti-Terrorism Unit’s permission.”
I’m sure that’s all it is. Just a silly mistake. Some doofy production assistant just dialed the wrong number and managed to buy live firearms from God-knows-where and have them flown in on a private plane instead of ordering disabled movie prop guns from a reputable production company supplier. Move along. Nothing to see here.