Video Game Company Rebellion Opens New Film Studio in Oxfordshire
Rebellion Productions, a UK-based comic, book, and video game publisher, has acquired the site of a former Daily Mail printing facility in Didcot, Oxfordshire in order to convert it into a new film and television studio.
Rebellion was founded in 1992 and its flagship game, Sniper Elite, has sold more than 10 million units worldwide since then.
In 2012, CEO Jason Kingsley and CTO Chris Kingsley produced the film Dredd, which was based on the Judge Dredd comic strip. To produce film and television based off its games and comics, Rebellion Productions was created in 2017.
The company now has somewhere to produce their planned Judge Dredd television series and the Rogue Trooper film.
The 215,000 square feet studio will help alleviate the problem of a shortage of physical space where movies can be produced in the country. Large producers have been block-booking space years in advance, leaving independent producers without a filming location. Some estimate that the UK needs 1,900,000 square feet of space to solve the problem.
“This studio purchase is incredibly exciting, not just for Rebellion but for the global film and television industry that is booming but in desperate need of further infrastructure,” said Jason Kingsley, co-founder and CEO of Rebellion.
Kingsley said the group was forced to make the decision to open a studio after it could not find the space it needed to film its Mega City One series.
The sound stage areas and production offices of the studio opened on Monday, Nov. 26. The rest of the studio facilities will become available in early 2019.
The studio could create up to 500 new jobs in the next few years, but before then, Rebellion needs to get producers interested in using the space. Kingsley says he is open to anyone using it, from Netflix, Amazon, and Disney, to smaller, independent features.
According to the British Film Institute, the UK film industry reached a record breaking performance level in 2017. £1.9 billion was spent on film production, an all-time high and a 12 percent increase from 2016. Movie theater attendance also increased slightly, with 171 million admissions, a one percent increase from 2016.