Project Pinewood to rival Hollywood
The studio which has borne almost 1,500 films – from James Bond to Jason Bourne - has announced a £200 million expansion plan.
Pinewood studios will create a medieval castle, a Venetian canal and a Californian high school at its home in Berkshire - becoming the biggest film-making centre outside Hollywood in the process.
Project Pinewood is a bid to win back film-makers, who in recent years have opted for the low budget surroundings of Eastern Europe.
Chief executive of Pinewood Shepperton, Ivan Dunleavy said: ‘This should make us more competitive.
‘It’s a unique proposal: the largest centre for film-making outside the US. While we are in a high-cost territory, and we can’t do anything to avoid that, people like to film in Britain because of the efficiency and skills that people have.’
The studio has produced the likes of The Bourne Ultimatum, Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code and 28 Weeks Later.
Industry players are overjoyed at Pinewood’s plans.
Stewart Till, chairman of the UK Film Council, said: ‘Project Pinewood would help secure the future of UK film for decades to come.’