Producer Nina Jacobson and director Francis Lawrence both took to Twitter to announce that the filming in Atlanta has now officially wrapped up and they are moving to Europe to film the rest of the scenes.
I send a big thank you to our ATL crew. Will miss you all but not the crazy weather. Off to Europe!
— Francis Lawrence (@Hibbits) April 19, 2014
— nina jacobson (@ninajacobson) April 18, 2014
Confirming previous rumors of some part of the movies being shot in Europe, the article states Lionsgate has booked Berlin’s massive Templehof Airport — built in 1927, reconstructed by the Nazis as a symbol of supremacy, and closed six years ago — and huge apartment complexes outside Paris for shooting battle scenes. Lionsgate production president Erik Feig allows that part of the inspiration came from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” his cinematic recounting of the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam.
“Kubrick shot the siege in London,” Feig notes. “In a weird way, we love the idea of urban sprawl. So we (looked for) big buildings that have been around forever. We kept coming back to classic war movies, and we started thinking we should look into Europe.”
A casting call for a thousand extras was recently released in Germany. If you’re in the country, head here to read more about it.