Hallmark’s ‘Dinotopia’ finds home at Pinewood

Mini overextends its stay at Barrandov Studio

PRAGUE — Hallmark dino epic “Dinotopia” has finally found a home at the London-area Pinewood Studios. The miniseries had been scouting Germany, Australia and Hungary, and was reportedly in danger of being scrapped after it got bogged down over booking studio space at Prague’s Barrandov studio.

Problems surfaced when the reptile telepic wanted to extend its stay at Barrandov over the winter months. However, studio chieftains, engaged in long-dragging negotiations over sale of the studio to a consortium of Canadian investors known only as the Kodiak Group, nixed the request. They cited new investors’ intentions to close down the largest stages for renovation during the winter.

Double-edged irony was the bumping of a rival film off the stages in order to accommodate “Dinotopia,” which would have been the largest project to shoot in Prague.

When Barrandov signaled its willingness to reopen talks with Hallmark, it was apparently too late.

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