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Studio round up: Bond returns to Pinewood

Studio round up: Bond returns to Pinewood
David Wood
15 October 2014

Pinewood has lured Bond producer Eon back to the UK for a late 2015 or 2016 shoot on the next Bond project. The as-yet-untitled film will reunite actor Daniel Craig with director Sam Mendes.

The screenplay will be written by John Logan, Neil Purvis and Robert Wade. Bond 24 will also see the return of Ben Whishaw as Q and Ralph Fiennes as M.

Shepperton studios will also strengthen its superhero credentials with Marvel’s lastest character to transfer to the big screen, Doctor Strange.

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in the film about a neurosurgeon who is also primary protector of the earth. Shooting could start in May 2015.

The studios recently hosted Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Other studio news:

Cyber Bully
3 Mills Studios

3 Mills Studios will host a new C4 drama about a teenage girl battling an anonymous cyber stalker, played by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.  Directed by Ben Chanan, producer Raw TV will use stage 12 for the three week shoot.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Shooting begins in Cardiff this month on a BBC1 adaptation of the DH Lawrence classic. Written by Jed Mercurio and produced by Hartswood Films in association with Serena Cullen Productions, the film stars Holliday Grainger, Richard Madden and James Norton. 

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses
Warner Bros Leavesden

BBC2 has assembled an all star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch to star in the second series of Shakespeare’s history plays Henry VI Parts 1 and 2 and Richard III. Filming at Leavesden starts in October.

Deal Or No Deal
The Bottle Yard Studios

BBC Studios and Post Production has struck a deal with C4 to produce another 288 episodes of Deal or No Deal at The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol. The contract will run until the end of 2015 and will see BBCS&PP provide technical services and crew. It originally set up the 3,000 sq ft studio space in 2013.

Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly returned to the 15,825 sq ft George Lucas stage 2 at Elstree last month for its 12th series, with BBC Studios and Post Production providing studio facilities, post production services and technical support throughout the show’s 13 week run. This year the production will feature enhanced use of graphics with two large screens on the set’s balcony, as well as 10 cameras, a 30 foot MovieBird Technocrane, four pedestal cameras, a radio steadicam and various hotheads for overhead shots. BBCS&PP will provide nearly 50 radio mics, talkback services and six portable stage boxes, equipped with 40 mic inputs and 16 line outputs to capture audio of the orchestra and audience reaction.

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