Belfast Harbour and Northern Ireland Screen have today confirmed the first production to be housed in the new Belfast Harbour Studios.
The Superman prequel, KRYPTON, a one-hour series from Phantom Four in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television for the SYFY channel, will commence pre-production in Belfast this month with a shoot date of late summer.
Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, KRYPTON follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, The Halcyon) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honour and save his beloved world from chaos. The production will also feature local star Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones).
It was just over a year ago that plans for the new purpose built studios were unveiled to the global screen industry at the Cannes Film Festival by Belfast Harbour. The £20 million development, is set on an 8 acre site on the 340 acre Giant’s Park. The complex consists of two film studios, workshops which will be used for set construction and separate production offices to accommodate art departments, dressing rooms and wardrobe functions.
Given the strong demand for such high quality space the scheme has also been future-proofed to accommodate additional studio and workshop space on an adjoining two-acre site.
The completion of the media complex cements Northern Ireland’s position as the best catered for region in film production after London.
David Dobbin, Chairman of Belfast Harbour said:
“Welcoming our first tenant to Belfast Harbour Studios is very exciting for us. Working with NI Screen and hosting visits from many production companies has shown there is a need for a facility like this. We regard our investment in the studios as a good business opportunity for Belfast Harbour and good for the local economy and our rapidly growing media sector. We look forward to working with Warner and further enhancing Northern Ireland’s reputation in the film industry.”
Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Warner Horizon to Northern Ireland. Securing KRYPTON is a real coup for us and cements our position as a world-class filming location with a local and highly skilled crew-base with vast experience. The construction of the new studios by Belfast Harbour has added tremendous value to our overall proposition.”