Rebellion is moving into the film and TV business and has bought a large former print works in Didcot, England that will be converted into studio space for both the highly anticipated TV series “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One” and the “Rogue Trooper” film Duncan Jones will direct.
Both projects feature characters from the legendary British comic book series 2000 AD which Rebellion, the video game company behind titles like “Sniper Elite” and “Strange Brigade,” bought in 2000. The studio, about 50 miles west of London and near Oxford, will also be made available to third parties in a boost for the entertainment industry in Britain where demand for studio space is outstripping supply.
As the facility was a printing press for the Daily Mail, large soundproofed spaces are already in place and so the facility will be ready for use within weeks without the need for a lengthy planning permission process. The facility boasts an overall area of 220,000 square feet, including a 25,000-square-foot sound stage, and up to 500 new jobs are expected to be created as the new studio gets up and running.
Rebellion Studios has the pilot script for the “Dredd” series in hand and is talking to potential broadcast and platform partners.