The 'Harry Potter' Effect: Four Movies That Are Filming in England Post-Potter
The franchise has turned the country into a hot shooting destination for big-budget productions.
It's no secret that the Harry Potter franchise has changed the lives of all those involved, but the films' good fortune extends further than book author J.K. Rowling and movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. England's filmmaking business has seen a spike in projects being made in the country after the franchise's final installment, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (which is now burning up the box office) wrapped.
Here are four projects currently filming on the British isle.
1. World War Z
Marc Forster's Brad Pitt starrer, backed by Paramount, is occupying space at Elstree Studios. Based on the best-selling novel by Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft), the film chronicles the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.
2. 47 Ronin
Across town at Shepperton Studios, Keanu Reeves is taking up his sword for this samurai epic from Universal. The film is based on an oft-told Japanese legend about a group of samurai who meticulously plot revenge after the death of their leader.
Michael Fassbender stars opposite Charlize Theron in Fox's closely guarded sci-fi pic, shooting at Pinewood. Plot details are scarce, but the film is based on an original idea by director Ridley Scott and is said to have elements of his sci-fi classic Alien.
4. Snow White and the Huntsman
In preproduction before shooting at Pinewood, this new spin on the classic fairy tale stars Theron, Kristen Stewart and Thor's Chris Hemsworth. The story finds Hemsworth's character defending Snow White (Stewart) against the Evil Queen (Theron).
As for Leavesden Studios, the massive filming location where the bulk of the Harry Potter films were shot, Warner Bros. is now planning to make the property into a tourist destination by offering set visits on the lot by next April.