TROY Studios are once more heading back to the future with plans afoot for the filming of a sci-fi movie, following on the worldwide release of the futuristic ‘Nightflyers’.
It’s understood that the company that operates the Castletroy facility is on the brink of signing a major deal with Apple’s streaming service for a big budget production of ‘Foundation’, which is based on the trilogy of the same name by sci-fi legend, Issac Asimov.
Apple bought the rights to the series last year and put it into development with the potential for straight-to-series first season consisting of ten episodes. Asimov’s daughter, Robyn Asimov, is listed as an executive producer of the series with screenplay by David Goyer, the novelist, film director and screenwriter who was behind the ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘Blade’ movies.
The series chronicles the thousand year saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.
Meanwhile, the studio is adding a fourth sound stage, which, when finished will make the Limerick studio the biggest international television and film studio in the country.
A new 2,150 sq ft training studio will also be developed as part of the expansion plans.
When the current work is finished, the studio will have 100,000 sq ft of studio space, along with 280,000 sq ft of support buildings.
Facilities on-site also include meeting rooms, costume department, hair and makeup, an art department, a stills studio as well as dressing room and restaurant facilities.
Part of the Troy Studios ethos is to be “committed to building a highly skilled local crew base in the medium term.”
The studio has also forged strong links with all higher education institutes in the region including University Limerick and Limerick School of Art and Design with over 3,700 students engaged in creative studies.