The new series of ‘Star Trek’, which is being made for the new CBS All Access On Demand platform is relocating to Canada.
Up until recently all ‘Star Trek’ series had been confined to Paramount’s back lot. The back lot was often called ‘Planet Hell’ by former cast members due to the heat and tight working conditions.
The new series is to relocate to the new Pinewood Studios Complex in Toronto, Canada. Thus far this new facility has hosted such movies as ‘Robocop’ and ‘Suicide Squad’.
According to Hollywood Reporter the new ‘Star Trek’ series will utilize all 46,500 square feet of the studio space.
Built in 2008, the studios are Canada’s largest, and is located on Commissioners Street, just minutes from the Outer Harbour Marina. ‘Star Trek’ will take residence in what is referred to as the “Mega Stage,” a 46,000-square-foot soundstage that is the largest in North America. This particular space has the advantage of not needing support columns for the roof, which will allow ‘Star Trek’ set builders to design the Starship interiors unobstructed.
The migration of television and movies to Toronto is making such a space a premium, THR reporter Etan Vlessing wrote. While Vancouver has a number of soundstages under construction, Toronto is “bursting at the seams.”
“We are very near capacity,” Jim Mirkopoulos, a vice president with a rival studio, Cinespace, told the trade publication. “And yes, Vancouver is ahead in terms of studio infrastructure, but our clients tell us they prefer to be in Toronto whenever possible, for many reasons.”
Another former soundstage manager said that it was difficult to build new sound stages for the series because banks are reluctant to provide funds for them. In a lot of cases studios can’t guarantee tenants will stay long-term, even television shows, and if there is nothing to replace them when they leave, then such soundstages could become money sucks.
This report appears to the be first confirmation of earlier reports, which up until recently had pretty much been thought of as rumors.
f other rumor reports are true, CBS will take possession of the space in September, and start building what is assuredly going to be massive sets, in preparation for the start of filming later this fall.