The upcoming Judge Dredd TV series is setting up shop near Oxford, England.
The video game publisher and owner of the 2000 AD franchise, Rebellion Developments, has purchased a former printing press near Oxford. The company will turn the site into a film and television production studio that will be housing 2000 AD projects. The site is said to be valued at $100 million.
This new studio will be serving as the filming locations for two projects based on the characters of 2000 AD, the TV series Judge Dredd: Mega-City One and Duncan Jones’ Rogue Trooper film.
This site will also be available to third-party productions. Studio space in U.K. is in high demand, with many studios currently undergoing expansion. With 222,000 square feet and a 25,000 square foot sound stage, this new Rebellion owned studio will be offering shooting space before completing those expansions.
Rebellion has created the Sniper Elite series of video games. It has also developed games for the Alien vs. Predator series as well as Rogue Trooper and Judge Dredd.
They purchased the 2000 AD franchise in 2000. The founders of Rebellion, Chris and Jason Kingsley, were also producers on 2012’s Dredd film. They were inspired to get the new space because they needed to pursue projects related to film and television in the future. Jason Kingsley said the following:
“We’ve got a huge library of good stories, and we’ll do original stuff as well. 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 added:
“We’re seeing more big players wanting to get in on the action. This is very exciting for the domestic and global film industries, but it’s also meant that our infrastructure is under increasing pressure.”