"Star Wars" maker to build studio facility in Singapore
It will be located in Fusionopolis and contain a data centre, a 100-seat theatre and retail outlets. -AFP
SINGAPORE, Oct 12, 2010 (AFP) - "Star Wars" creator Lucasfilm will soon start construction of its first purpose-built overseas production facility in Singapore, the US movie and animation giant said Tuesday.
The eight-storey, 38,000 square-metre (409,000 square-foot) studio complex will be located in a technology hub known as Fusionopolis and contain a data centre, a 100-seat theatre and retail outlets.
Lucasfilm, the hit-making vehicle of director George Lucas, set up operations at rented offices near Changi Airport in 2005 and now has 400 international staff in Singapore.
The new building will be ready for staff by 2012 and will house Lucasfilm Singapore's three local divisions -special effects firm Industrial Light and Magic, game developer Lucasarts and Lucasfilm Animation.
"Our teams on both sides of the world - in the US and in Singapore - continue to thrive," said Micheline Chau, president and chief operating officer of Lucasfilm.
"We're immensely proud of the amazing work that continues to come out of the Singapore studio and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than by giving them a permanent, state-of-the-art, collaborative work environment to call home." The Singapore team currently produces the animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" as well as the Nintendo DS game "Jedi Alliance."
A fact sheet provided by Lucasfilm said Singapore staff have worked on special effects and animation for Hollywood hits such as the "Transformers" franchise, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Iron Man 2".
Lucasfilm Singapore is also working with "Pirates of the Caribbean" director Gore Verbinski on "Rango", a fully-animated film about a chameleon forced to live his dreams of being a swashbuckling hero in a bandit-infested cowboy town.
The film will be released in 2011, with "Pirates" lead Johnny Depp voicing the main character.
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