Filmmaking legend George Lucas with Stormtroopers and Yoda, characters from his 'Star Wars' films at the opening of Disney's Lucasfilms' new animation production facility, the Sandcrawler in Singapore. -- AFP/Stefanus Ian
Lucasfilm Singapore to work on new Avengers and Transformers movies.
THE new Lucasfilm facility in Singapore is running at “full swing” and its artists are already working on major projects, says Kathleen Kennedy, the company’s president.
The projects include the upcoming superhero movie Avengers 2, the fifth instalment in the Jurassic Park movie franchise, the sequel to 2007’s Hitman action movie, the fourth movie in the Transformers series, an unnamed animated feature, as well as a movie to be screened as part of a theme park ride.
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Jurassic World will be released in 2015. The Hitman sequel, tentatively titled Agent 47, is expected to be released later this year. Transformers: Age Of Extinction, will also be released this year, during the June and July blockbuster season.
“This will be our busiest year ever at Industrial Light & Magic,” says Kennedy. Industrial Light & Magic, or ILM, is the arm of Lucasfilm which creates digital effects for films.
“There are a number of projects that we are looking at to determine the amount of working that is moving to Singapore,” she adds, during an interview with reporters on Wednesday.
Kennedy, who was in Singapore to attend the official launch of Lucasfilm’s Sandcrawler building at Fusionopolis, says that the work done in Singapore for films such as summer action movie Pacific Rim (2013) and the animated feature Rango (2011) are examples of work being done “at the highest level”.
The Singapore facility has a specialisation in standard and quality control. “There are very few places in the world that have the talent to do that,” she continues, adding that the work being produced in Singapore is comparable to that of Lucasfilm facilities in Vancouver, Canada and San Francisco.