Disney has just signed a deal to rent the majority of Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, bringing the battle of the media giants to UK soil as both continue to vie for UK talent.
The Studio landed a ten-year lease for the studio space it used for past films such as Mary Poppins Returns, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Pinewood has a long heritage with classic cinema, having been home to films such as James Bond movies Dr No. and Octopussy, as well as Alien 3 and Tim Burton’s Batman.
The move from Disney comes just two months after Netflix signed a similar deal with Pinewood’s Shepperton Studios. The SVOD service signed its own deal in July and is producing its fantasy feature The Old Guard at the studio.
Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood Group, said: “It’s wonderful to have Disney here at Pinewood. They’ve been making great films with us for many years and the fact they want to shoot so many more here is testimony not only to the quality of the teams and infrastructure at Pinewood, but also to the British film industry as a whole.”