Fayette County expects big things out of new movie studio

Fayette County expects big things out of new movie studio

Posted: Updated:
FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -

Georgia's film industry is expected to get a big boost in 2014. The movie studio that made blockbuster hits ranging from James Bond to Harry Potter is setting up shop in Fayette County.

Fayette County Chairman Steve Brown, one of the political architects behind getting Pinewood Atlanta Studios built in the county, predicts it'll be a "job-making machine."

The complex will feature five state-of-the-art movie sound stages on 288 acres.  It will be capable of handling big budget productions.

"Pinewood is a movie powerhouse. They have been in the business for 70 years," Brown said.  "They are known internationally. You bring the Pinewood name in, you are going to do something special."

Pinewood has already picked out its first film, but no information on that has been released.  

There are at least two more construction phases planned.

"It's going to bring a lot of jobs -- a lot of really nice paying jobs," Brown said. "A lot of these are union wage jobs in the movie industry.  There will be more need for restaurants, hotel spaces, rental housing spaces to keep casts and all the staff members that are coming down for these productions."

A few minutes away in Senoia, Ga., where "The Walking Dead" is filmed, studio president Scott Tigchelaar said that the town has been almost totally reborn during the Great Recession -- all because of the movie business.  "The Walking Dead" remains cable's top rated show.

"You know 10 years ago, this was a dead little town," said Tigchelaar. "And I think you are going to see the same impact in Fayette County and are already seeing it.  There are businesses that are industry related that support the film industry that are moving to Fayette County – and crew that are moving to Fayette County -- to support this industry."

Filming at Pinewood is expected to begin at the end of the month.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:36:51 GMT
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
  • Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:20:30 GMT
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
  • Man back in jail on rape charges after previous peeping tom arrest

    Man back in jail on rape charges after previous peeping tom arrest

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:28:00 GMT
    Cobb Police say a young Kennesaw man, who was arrested earlier this month on trespassing and felony peeping tom charges, sexually forced himself on a young woman last week.
    Cobb Police say a young Kennesaw man, who was arrested earlier this month on trespassing and felony peeping tom charges, sexually forced himself on a young woman last week.
Powered by WorldNow

4739 NW 53rd Avenue, Sutie B
Gainesville, FL 32653

Phone: (352) 371-0051

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices