Rebellion has bought a building near its Oxford HQ for $100 million, which it has converted into a film studio.
The huge, 220,000 square foot facility, located on the site of an old printworks, will, according to Rebellion, “Create up to 500 new jobs across Britain’s film and television industry in the coming years.” The developer and owner of 2000AD added: “With multiple sound stages, the largest reaching 25,000 sq ft in size, the new facilities can accommodate productions from TV drama to large scale Hollywood productions. The purchase marks the opening of Rebellion’s second film studio and will operate alongside its original 3-stage studio, home to Europe’s largest performance capture stage and Rebellion’s world-renowned motion-capture company Audiomotion.”
Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley said: “This studio purchase is incredibly exciting, not just for Rebellion but for the global film and television industry that is booming but in desperate need of further infrastructure to cope with the demands for new and engaging content.” The company’s CTO Chris Kingsley added: “The new studios will help relieve some of that pressure whilst also adding to the growing figures of people employed in the UK film and TV industry, which has increased by 20% in the last five years. Our creative industries are appealing to other markets for our talent and generous tax reliefs — and we must ensure we have the studio space and infrastructure to keep furthering this ongoing growth.”
Rebellion also revealed the first productions which will emerge from the new studio: “The new space will house Rebellion’s forthcoming productions of the Judge Dredd TV sci-fi drama Mega-City One and the future-war feature Rogue Trooper, set to be directed by Duncan Jones, who also directed Moon and Source Code. The scale of the new site means Rebellion will also make sound stage and full production/post-production office space available to rent to the UK’s growing production sector.”
Rebellion said: “The studio is open for business from Monday November 26th with sound stage areas and production offices, and the full range of facilities follow in the first few months of 2019.” To keep up to date with the latest Rebellion news, head to the company’s website.