Two years after planting a flag in the U.K. with the opening of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, Warner Bros. will expand its facilities there with three new soundstages and an additional 100,000 square feet of office space.
WB announced the expansion at the same 10 Downing St. event where the studio announced that helmer David Yates’ new take on “Tarzan” — starring Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz — began shooting today at Leavesden, joining Joe Wright’s “Pan,” which has been shooting there since late April.
Leavesden’s trio of new soundstages will consist of one 35,000-sq.-ft. building and two 17,000-sq.-ft. edifices, with along with adjacent office space. When the new spaces are completed at the end of this year, Leavesden’s tally of soundstages will rise to 13.
Two buildings that neighbor Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden have also been acquired, adding additional production space. Earlier this year the facility opened workshop space as well as a soundstage and an external tank.
Warner Bros. also has put down roots in the U.K. with the studio’s “Harry Potter” tour, its vidgame companies Rocksteady and TT Games, and its West End musical adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” among other holdings and initiatives.
“Warner Bros. has produced some of our most popular and successful films in the U.K., working with British talent,” said WB chair and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “The expansion of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden will allow us to further tap into the world-class creativity and innovation available here to continue this tradition of filmmaking excellence.”