Remember that film studio we mentioned last year being built in Scotland at the bottom of a quarry? Yea, well, turns out they were on to something. A 316-acre opencast mine in South Wales has been the site of construction for the new Valleywood Film Studios for about a year now. Oscar-winning actor and director Richard Attenborough is the chairman of the project — and he hopes to make the location the new capital of the UK film industry. He also wants it to have an enclosed rainforest. From the article,
“Rainforest Ventures Ltd said it had been invited by Lord Attenborough and exploration discussions with the Welsh Assembly Government have begun. The company said it had commissioned a ‘high-impact design for the proposed 100,000 sq ft enclosed tropical botanic attraction, and associated visitor centre and hotel’. It said the Bridgend project would focus on plant species from the Indonesia Malay archipelago. Director John Woodman said it welcomed the invitation of Dragon Studios ‘to establish the footprint of an endangered rainforest habitat in this former mining area’.”
The almost $88 million-dollar rainforest would compliment the 12 massive studios planned to accommodate everything from “a quiz show to a big screen blockbuster.” What a fantastic use of an otherwise decrepit piece of real estate. Let’s hope their ‘Rainforest-in-a-box” idea isn’t the only way we get to experience such habitats in the future.