In July this year, Epic Studios was happy to report a continued growth in the UK film production industry, based on research and reflected by several productions that began over the summer, including:
- Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Part 2
- Crime drama ‘Three Seconds’ (starring Clive Owen)
- The latest Pegg and Frost comedy-horror ‘Slaughter-house Rulez’
- Dwayne Johnson and Stephen Merchant collaboration ‘Fighting with my Family’
UK / part UK filmed productions due to commence this autumn include:
The Rhythm Section. The story of a woman who is out to avenge her family after they are killed in a plane crash. This mystery-thriller is on its way from the producers of James Bond and director Reed Morano (The Handmaiden’s tale). Blake Lively is named as the lead and there is talk of her being joined by Jude Law for filming in Ireland and Spain over the coming months.
Principle photography of new fantasy adventure film The Kid Who Would Be King (from ‘Attack the Block’ director Joe Cornish) began in London last week. We have heard that filming of some scenes will also take place in the beautiful village of Tintagel in Cornwall.
Golden Globe-winner Rami Malek’s casting as Freddie mercury in upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was recently confirmed by several sources and the film has been named as another UK-based production by UK film and TV production specialist site The Knowledge.
So, as we get closer to a new year of film production in the UK in 2018, things are still looking positive and it is safe to say that 2017 has been a good year for the sector. Keep supporting the film industry and hopefully this “period of exceptional success” (Chief executive of the UK Cinema Association, Phil Clapp) will continue!
Biggest UK filmed success stories of 2017?:
Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, was filmed entirely in the UK and has become the world’s 10th-highest-grossing film of all time.
12 of the 19 filming locations associated with recent box office hit Wonder Woman were in the UK. The film has broken several records. It is currently the highest-grossing film directed by a woman and the highest-earning film with a female director in terms of domestic earnings.