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Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« on: 25 November, 2018, 12:21:53 am »
Judge Dredd Owner Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio

Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper are shooting into action near Oxford, England.

Video-game company Rebellion, which is moving into film and TV, has bought a large former print works that will be converted into studio space for its highly anticipated Judge Dredd TV series, “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One,” and its Rogue Trooper film, directed by Duncan Jones (“Source Code”). Both projects feature characters from the legendary British comic book series “2000 AD,” which Rebellion bought, appropriately enough, in 2000.

As well as servicing Rebellion’s burgeoning slate of film and TV projects, the studio will also be made available to third parties in a boost for the entertainment industry in Britain, where demand for space is outstripping supply.

The site in Didcot, about 50 miles west of London, was previously a printing press for the Daily Mail newspaper. With large soundproofed spaces already in place, parts of the facility will be ready for use within weeks, without the need to go through the lengthy planning permission process.

 
Major expansions are underway at Pinewood, Shepperton, Church Fenton and other studios, and there are plans to build new facilities in Liverpool, East London and Leeds. But with its proximity to production bases in London and Bristol, the new Rebellion Studios will provide much-needed additional space now. It boasts an overall area of 220,000 square feet, including a 25,000-square-foot sound stage.



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Jason Kingsley, who founded Rebellion with his brother Chris, said the site would be used as a location as well as a studio. The company expects to create up to 500 new jobs as the new studio gets up and running.

In the gaming world, Rebellion is known for the “Sniper Elite” series and such recent releases as “Strange Brigade.” It has acquired a raft of comic book IP, having bought “2000 AD” from Egmont and, two years ago, the Fleetway and IPC Youth Group archives from the same seller, a deal that handed it titles and characters including “Battle,” “Action” and “Roy of the Rovers.”

Jason Kingsley told Variety that the barriers between different types of screen-based entertainment and storytelling are falling away. “I think we are pretty good at creating content in all different types, screen content and interactive games and all sorts of stuff, and I’m hoping we’re going to be equally good at making TV and film,” he said.

The Kingsleys were producers on the 2012 feature film “Dredd,” and the hard-hitting lawman will return in TV series “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One.” That will be produced by Rebellion Studios, which, with pilot script in hand, is talking to potential broadcast and platform partners. The Rogue Trooper film features the titular blue-skinned, genetically engineered super-soldier, and is being developed in partnership with Duncan Jones and Stuart Finnegan, who are directing and producing, respectively.

Part of the reason for setting up the new studio, which sits near Rebellion’s Oxford base, was a lack of space to pursue these new projects, Kingsley said.

 
“We’ve got a huge library of good stories, and we’ll do original stuff as well,” Kingsley said. “We make computer games. VFX is an area we are looking at as well. There is a whole bunch of interesting stuff, but you do need the craft skills and you need facilities…and it is hard to find them. We were looking and couldn’t find anywhere to shoot the stuff we have ambitions to do.”



Chris Kingsley noted that the growth in the demand for content from the likes of Netflix and Amazon is an opportunity, but has also presented a challenge in terms of space and facilities. “We’re seeing more big players wanting to get in on the action,” he said. “This is very exciting for the domestic and global film industries, but it’s also meant that our infrastructure is under increasing pressure.”

The Rebellion library covers superheroes but also touches on other genres. Through its acquisition of the TI Media library, it has an archive stretching back 130 years that includes “Comic Cuts,” which dates back to 1888 and is arguably where the term “comic” originated.

“We have plans, we have a lot of scripts in development, we have got a lot of scripts written, we have pilots that are looking for people to work with, we have people going out to the U.S. to talk to the people who are the routes to market,” Jason Kingsley said.



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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #1 on: 25 November, 2018, 12:41:56 am »
They mean business!

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #2 on: 25 November, 2018, 05:14:46 am »
Gulp!

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #3 on: 25 November, 2018, 07:15:56 am »
Well wow that a thing then. I guess they know what they are doing and good luck to them.

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« Reply #4 on: 25 November, 2018, 09:26:24 am »
Impressive! Go team, go!
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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #5 on: 25 November, 2018, 10:37:21 am »

Buying the old Daily Mail print facility means the new owners can start producing fiction there without applying for a change of use permit.



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« Reply #6 on: 25 November, 2018, 10:58:23 am »
Just hope they aren't taking to much debt on to finance this and the treasury collections

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #7 on: 25 November, 2018, 11:35:42 am »

Buying the old Daily Mail print facility means the new owners can start producing fiction there without applying for a change of use permit.

HA!

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #8 on: 25 November, 2018, 12:17:28 pm »

Buying the old Daily Mail print facility means the new owners can start producing fiction there without applying for a change of use permit.

It will continue to be used to create dystopias.

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #9 on: 25 November, 2018, 12:53:19 pm »
Brilliant news!
Needless to say, I shall be watching developments with huge, excited interest!!!  :D :thumbsup:

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #10 on: 25 November, 2018, 01:30:48 pm »

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-46289086

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/11/24/rebellion-buys-a-studio-for-judge-dredd-mega-city-one-rogue-trooper/

Couple more articles, interesting in different ways.

The BBC piece presents the TV series and Rogue Trooper film as fait accompli, but emphasises this is a move into the studio space market for other productions. It quotes the wonk at HSBC who financed the deal: "(this) dramatically increase(s) the studio space available for the burgeoning film and TV production sector and is ideally located with easy access from London".

The Bleeding Cool report starts off by claiming the facility is in London, but more interesting from our perspective, says Tharg's relocating the Nerve Centre there. That fits with the recent information that Tharg's moving to purpose-built accommodation*. Wonder if he'll keep a few of Viscount Rothermere's presses and bring print and warehousing back in-house, too?


* Although I can't remember where I read/heard that. If it was in a recent Nerve Centre, Input, Damage Report or Thrillcast, I can't find it.

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #11 on: 25 November, 2018, 01:46:07 pm »
Time to dust off my alternative Big Brother feature script, which replaces ordinary contestants with characters from the 2000AD Universe. Dredd, Anderson, Nemesis, Strontium Dog, Big Dave and Halo Jones all living  under the same roof. What could possibly go wrong with such a scenario?  :)

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #12 on: 25 November, 2018, 01:51:21 pm »
Great news, cannot wait to see what comes feom this in the future

Also there are some massive 3rd party film and TV companies I can see wanting to borrow the space for filming in the future such as Star Wars, Dr Who, anything Marvel and non Sci-Fi too

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Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« Reply #13 on: 25 November, 2018, 02:08:49 pm »
Well, Rebellion is betting on both TV and Film to expand their product line, and the Didcot studio is relatively close by to their HQ in Oxford. They've decided that to make the programmes they want the best way is to make it at home without the cost and hassle of having to hire a Studio elsewhere. 'Dredd comes to Didcot!' it seems. This information is 'Zarjazz' news not just for Rebellion but possibly the British Comic Industry. Will Roy of the Rovers the Movie be made here along with other comic books characters?
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« Reply #14 on: 25 November, 2018, 02:37:48 pm »
Even leaving aside the obvious savvy and gumption of the Kingsleys, it says something about the amount of money that must be wasted elsewhere in the Games industry that a relatively small player like Rebellion can go for something on this scale.  And it's not like they haven't been investing and creating elsewhere in recent years. 

Nervous of any risk to the Precious, but optimistic that they can do this if anyone can.