ILM Opens Studio in London, Episode VII Shooting Nears Completion
Via The Hollywood Reporter:
With a large chunk of recent Marvel titles having been shot in London and Star Wars: Epsiode VII still in production at Pinewood Studios, Walt Disney expanded its growing presence in the U.K. capital further on Wednesday with the opening of Industrial Light & Magic’s local studio.
The new London base for the visual effects arm of the conglomerate’s Lucasfilm, located in the British capital’s Soho neighborhood, was officially opened on Wednesday night with a ceremony attended by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Industrial Light & Magic president and general manager Lynwen Brennan, U.K. chancellor George Osborne and U.K. culture secretary Ed Vaizey.
According to ILM London’s director of operations Sue Lyster, the facility is already working on the effects for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Star Wars: Episode VII.
Speaking at the event, Kennedy recalled meeting U.K. government representatives in February last year to discuss filming the latestStar Wars in London, revealing that Disney was now just “three weeks off” finishing the film and hinting that further titles in the franchise would be shot in the city.
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