Director James Cameron has backed plans for a proposed new film studio complex in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, according to a report in the Financial Times.

The FT reports it has seen a letter submitted to Buckinghamshire Council from the Avatar and Titanic director, in which he said he saw the proposed studio as a potential base for his film technology development outfit, Lightstorm3D.

In the letter, he said the new studio would be “tailored to the needs of filmed media in the 21st century and beyond” and that “the 22.5 per cent of total global box office the UK delivered in 2023 will grow as a result… But embracing that opportunity necessitates support and boldness in thinking. The next iteration of screen storytelling requires a purpose-built working space of exceptional quality, and trained professionals.”

The new studio still needs to win local planning approval and has met with strong objections from both local residents and environmental campaigners over feared traffic congestion problems, lowered air quality and the loss of greenbelt land.

Cameron’s letter comes on the eve of a crucial planning permission vote by councillors on the project later this month.

Staff Reporter

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