Warner Bros. has announced its plans to expand Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, building three new state-of-the-art stages and adding a further 100,000 square feet of office space. The studio also revealed that its new Tarzan action adventure started shooting in the UK today and will film at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and on location.
The expansion of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will see the construction of three new sound stages comprising one 35,000ft2 and two 17,000ft2 buildings, with 20,000ft2 of adjacent office space. Work is set to be completed by the end of 2014, bringing the studios’ total number of sound stages to 13.
Two new buildings located next to Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden have also been acquired, to grow the production office space by a further 105,000ft2.
This is in addition to the opening, earlier in 2014, of an extra 50,000ft2 workshop space, a 250ft2 external tank, and another new 48,400ft2 sound stage.
Today in the UK, production began on a new Tarzan action adventure, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and directed by David Yates, director of the last four “Harry Potter” films. The film will join Warner Bros.’ Pan, directed by Joe Wright, which has been filming at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Cardington Studios and on location since April 28, 2014.
Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. said: “Warner Bros. has produced some of our most popular and successful films in the UK, working with British talent. The expansion of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will allow us to further tap into the world-class creativity and innovation available here to continue this tradition of filmmaking excellence.”
Josh Berger, President and Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK said: “Today we reinforce once again our commitment to the UK creative industries – those that employ some of the most talented creatives in the world. We’re proud to be investing in facilities and productions right across the UK’s film, television, video games and theatre businesses, and in the next generation of talent through our new programme, Warner Bros. Creative Talent.”