UK-based developer Rebellion has purchased a $100m, 220,000 square-foot facility near its Oxford base to transform into a film studio.
The site of an old printing press will be able to "accommodate productions from TV drama to large-scale Hollywood productions" and is Rebellion's second film studio alongside its own motion-capture company, Audiomotion, reportedly Europe's largest performance capture stage. It's expected the new facility will create up to 500 new jobs across Britain's film and television industry.
As well as being the UK's leading independent games developer and publisher, Rebellion is also a major publisher of books and comic books. Through Audiomotion, it has also been closely involved in the production of feature films, TV, and adverts for over 15 years, contributing to US and UK productions like World War Z, Maleficent, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Iron Man 2, and The Watchmen.
The new studio will support Rebellion’s forthcoming productions of the Judge Dredd TV sci-fi drama Mega-City One and the future-war feature Rogue Trooper, as well as making soundstage and full production/post-production office spaces available to rent to the UK’s growing production sector.
"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," said Jason Kingsley, Rebellion's co-founder and CEO. "We know first-hand the creativity and talent here in the UK and this new studio will bring in projects from all over the world, offering opportunity and income to many people in the industry, as well as local companies and services. It also means there will be demand for more UK production and we can export more of our work globally."
"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 per cent in the last five years," added co-founder and CTO Chris Kingsley. "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."