Sam Worthington News - Avatar Sequels To Be Produced At LA’s MBS Media Campus
The Los Angeles Times has just posted an article citing that Lightstorm Entertainment, the James Cameron/John Landau headed production company, are to move in to two buildings on the MBS Media Campus in LA in order to produce the two highly anticipated sequels to the 2009 movie ‘Avatar’.
The company has signed a five-year lease with the studio, which will give them 115,000 square feet of soundstage and office space, twice that they had to work with when filming ‘Avatar’. It will also mean that, unlike the first movie, which had various production teams based in different locations including Santa Monica, Malibu and Playa Vista, these two projects will have all relative departments located in one place, which makes a lot of sense logistically.
Whilst looking for the perfect place to set up camp, they had even considered building their own facility, but MBS offered them almost everything they required. Together with The Carlyle Group who own the studio, Lightstorm will invest in over five million dollar’s worth of improvements to the site, including two gyms (one for employees and another private one for James Cameron’s use), a commissary close to the sound stages, and a private screening room for Cameron.
Being an advocate for ‘environmentally friendly’ sources of energy, James Cameron is also to have solar panels installed at the facility in order to provide all the electricity required to produce the two movies.
Adding to all this the benefits of having a host of extremely useful equipment suppliers on-site, it is clear that MBS Media Campus is the ideal location for the production and as such, will be the focus for all-things Avatar for some time.