The race for Boston's first multi-use movie studio heats up with the latest news that developers from SouthField Studios in Weymouth are ready to start accepting tenants for the project.
Allan Kassirer, a principal at International Studio Group (ISG), tells the Patriot Ledger they're opening their doors to groups ranging from special-effects companies to costumers to fill up the 600,000-square-foot space.
"We would start signing up tenants today," Kassirer says here. "We're ready to begin leasing."
According to a mock-up here, the front-lot-set streets of SouthField Studios will be sourced from historic Boston City locales. In fact, the set is a dead ringer for any brownstone-lined street in the South End or Back Bay neighborhoods. It's Beacon Hill ... without the hill.
The proposal continues, "These highly detailed facades will allow companies to shoot key exterior scenes in a controlled environment that includes publicly-accessible restaurants and shops to enhance the authenticity of the streets."
A Hollywood East stand-in for Boston? Yep.
As previously reported in Loaded Gun, the plan to build a multi-use movie complex will include 10 to 15 sound stages, production offices and more than 125,000 square feet of retail and office space.
The new studio, which needs to undergo state environmental review, could serve as a post-production facility for the slew of filmmakers currently taking advantage of the state's low tax credit.
Similar to the online push from Plymouth Rock Studios that ultimately passed as a $422 million deal with minimal opposition, SouthField Studios launched an aggressive campaign here with construction slated for the summer and an opening slotted for the fall 2010.
In addition, SouthField Studios Boston will also feature an interactive film and TV tour in the heart of the town center for residents and guests. Think Universal Studios ... minus the rides.
Armed with its Boston facade front lot, this multi-use complex would be an ideal space for filming ongoing Boston-set TV series like TNT's "Bunker Hill" pilot starring Donnie Wahlberg and the ABC pilot "See Kate Run."
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