Netflix has announced it is creating a dedicated production hub, featuring 14 sound stages, workshops and office space, at the iconic Shepperton Studios in the Enterprise M3 region.
The first Netflix original production to film at Shepperton will be The Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne, and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The movie, which is being produced by Skydance Media, Denver and Delilah and Marc Evans, is an action drama based on the comic book series created by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix, said: “Shepperton has been synonymous with world class film for nearly a century and it’s an important production hub for the UK creative community today. We’re incredibly proud to be part of that heritage. This investment will ensure that British creators and producers have first rate production facilities and a world stage for their work.”
Part of the Pinewood Group, a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry, Shepperton Studios has been a key destination for the makers of film, television and commercials since opening its doors as a film studio in 1932.
Comprising sound stages, an exterior backlot, and post production facilities and services, the Studios also offer easy access to the world's most experienced crews, as well as the expertise of complementary media companies based on the lot.
Film productions that have used the Studios’ facilities include A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Gandhi, Gladiator, The Young Victoria, Gravity, Hugo, and Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again.
Paul Golding, Chairman, Pinewood Group Limited, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Netflix to Shepperton Studios. Netflix’s decision to base their production hub at Shepperton is a strong vote of support for the Pinewood Group and gives us great confidence as we expand our UK studios. Our plans, which represent the single biggest expansion of stage space across the UK, will see Pinewood Group open twenty-two new sound stages, enabling us to host even more productions. This growth will help secure the ongoing success of the UK film and TV industry”.
Ridley Scott, Film Director & Producer, Former Joint Owner of Shepperton Studios, said: “I have made 1,000 or more commercials and productions at Shepperton, including the entire Alien back in 1979. It is a wonderful historic place and one of the most efficient I can think of in the world today — without contest.”