Lord of the Rings series to be filmed at new studio

Published: 16 April 2019

It was hoped that the vast Pelamis warehouse in Leith’s docklands will become a “world-class” production facility suitable for the biggest blockbuster movies and high-quality drama series by the end of 2019.

Now the facility has been handed a huge boost before it has even opened with Amazon Studios’ blockbuster based on JRR Tolkien’s books being lined up as its first major client.

We have had an encouraging and positive response to the call out for tender submissions...

Iain Munro, Acting chief executive, Creative Scotland

 

The online streaming giants are expected to run a three-month filming and production programme starting in August. Creative Scotland are in the final stages of appointing a private operator to lease, refurbish and run the studio. 

The Lord of the Rings TV adaptation is set to be the most expensive show ever made, coming in at over £1 billion for five seasons.

Scouts from Amazon Studios posed as tourists while visiting locations around Scotland last summer, with staff visiting the likes of Dunskey Castle, Portpatrick, Scourie, Callander and Balloch Castle Country Park.

The Pelamis building was used last year as a base for the Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster, with the six weeks of filming said to be worth £10 million to the city’s economy...

Full story via Edinburgh Evening News

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