Be on your best behavior, Oxford or else Judge Dredd will be waiting.
In 2018, it’s rare that companies specialize in just one thing anymore. With Amazon and Netflix leading the way, “multi-media” is the best way to describe these enterprises. The video game company Rebellion (The Sniper Elite series) is well on its way to being part of that trend.
In a report by Variety, Rebellion has purchased a 220,000 square foot building that used to be a printing press for the Daily Mail. The structure will include a 25,000 square foot sound stage for Rebellion to film its programming, as well as produce third-party projects. In total, the new location is valued at 100 million dollars.
Jason and Chris Kingsley, Rebellion's Founders, plan to use the space to its fullest. They'll be bringing in 500 new jobs to the community of Didcot, 50 miles west of London.
Owners of the British comic book series 2000 AD since 2000 (not a typo, just a big coincidence), Rebellion plans on bringing many of those properties in the TV and movie realm. The Kingsley brothers produced the critically acclaimed Dredd in 2012, and he will return in a new TV series, Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. Also on tap is Rogue Trooper, developed in partnership with Warcraft’s Duncan Jones.
The reason for the purchase was a pretty simple one: Rebellion has so much they wanted to do, but with little space to do it in. Jason said, “We’ve got a huge library of good stories, and we’ll do original stuff as well. We make computer games. VFX is an area we are looking at as well. There is a whole bunch of interesting stuff, but you do need the craft skills, and you need facilities, and it is hard to find them. We were looking and couldn’t find anywhere to shoot the stuff we have ambitions to do.”
Chris continued, adding that the Amazons and Netflix’s of the world are helping other companies get the same opportunities to produce this kind of content, but it also becomes a competition now to find the actual space to do it. We’re seeing more big players wanting to get in on the action,” he said. “This is very exciting for the domestic and global film industries, but it’s also meant that our infrastructure is under increasing pressure.”
Dredd was one of the best films of 2012. Now the people that brought it to us have a location to make more for us. It’s not even December yet, and we are already receiving holiday miracles.