The new Scots Studio in Leith, Edinburgh in Scotland is getting through some huge renovations and racing against the clock, as the studio has a significant customer lined up for shooting in the newly modified studio, as long as it’s done in time. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series is planning to start shooting in August, and stay for at least three months, and the studio is getting ready for the giant to move in and start shooting this behemoth of a show.
Here’s what dailyrecord had to say about the history of the studio:
The former ports building in Leith was identified as the home of a major national film and television studio. The site – three miles from Edinburgh city centre – was built in 2000 for an engineering firm but closed four years later. It lay empty for several years before being taken over by a wave power firm which collapsed in 2014. Last year, the building was temporarily turned into a film studio as part of the production for Disney/Marvel’s blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.
If the studio could house a movie as big as Avengers: Infinity War, I have all the confidence that it will be a good match for something as epic as Lord of the Rings. The studio is rumored to have five sound stages, workshops and production areas. Sounds like a excellent fit.
The prequel to Tolkien’s trilogy is said to have the biggest budget in TV history, and Amazon is shooting for a 2021 release date for the series.