WB Plans for Permanent UK Studio; Public Tours of Harry Potter Sets
January 27, 2010, 10:47 AM
The Financial Times has an article online which reveals plans by Warner Bros. to establish "a permanent base in the UK as part of an estimated £100m ($161m)-plus investment that would make it the only Hollywood major to own a studio outside the US." This base at Leavesden Studios, where the Harry Potter films have been in production for the past decade, is said to feature a "plan to allow members of the public to visit, by appointment, the sets of films made at Leavesden, including the great hall from the Harry Potter series." The Financial Times continues:
The new plans involve building two new permanent stages, refurbishing the existing buildings and redesigning its 100-acre “backlot”, the area used for shooting outdoor scenes.
A person familiar with the plans said Warner Brothers wants to make Leavesden a European hub for post-production, including visual effects, animatronics and film editing in the UK, and believes that it will attract film business to the country.
Update: The official Warner Bros. Twitter account
now confirms the report, saying, "Hey Potter Fans! WB is making a move to acquire and expand Leavesden Studios outside of London—the home of the “Harry Potter” films!"
As always, stay close to TLC for complete details and updates when we get them! Thanks to SS
I would go if I wasn’t deathly afraid of air travel :p I was always afraid of it, then September 11th happened :( And then I became a fan of LOST in 2006, so you can kind of see why I’m not willing to fly to the U.K. :p
I haven’t been to England before, but this will definitely lure me there! I’m going to plan a vacation with some of my fellow die-hard HP friends around this. I’m going to have to renew my passport. Wizarding world, here I come!
This is good news for the local area and the UK as a whole. My brother used to work there when it was the Rolls Royce factory. Great that it will remain a creative place, even better that the public can visit, rather than just turning into another endless estate of houses.