Netflix is creating a dedicated production hub with 14 sound stages, workshops, and office space, at Shepperton Studios in the United Kingdom. The first Netflix original production to film at the location will be “The Old Guard,” starring Charlize Theron and Kiki Layne, and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The movie is an action drama based on the comic book series created by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández.
Netflix working in the UK isn’t anything new, and over 25,000 cast, crew and extras have worked on almost 40 Netflix originals and co-productions across Britain in the last year. Those originals include “Sex Education” in Wales, “Outlaw King” in Scotland and “The Crown” at Elstree Studios and across the country. Netflix is increasing the number in 2019, with “Jingle Jangle” filming at Arborfield Studios, “Cursed” at Langley Studios and “The English Game” currently filming in Manchester.
“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,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix.
“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”, said Paul Golding, Chairman, Pinewood Group Limited.
“It’s fantastic to welcome another global player to the UK, the world’s creative powerhouse. With all the opportunities it will bring for UK talent and UK expertise to create new homegrown stories to enthrall audiences worldwide, it’s great to see Netflix making their home here”, said Amanda Nevill CBE, Chief Executive, BFI.
“This announcement is a great vote of confidence in our creative sector and underscores the UK’s position as the leading choice for film and HETV production” added Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive, British Film Commission.
“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,” said Ridley Scott, Film Director & Producer, Former Joint Owner of Shepperton Studios.
“Shepperton has a really rich history of filmmaking. Movies I love have been made here. So I am excited to be here making my own film, and hopefully adding something really special to their canon,” said Gina Prince-Bythewood, Director, The Old Guard.