Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects arm of Lucasfilm – which is, of course, owned by Disney – is close to signing a lease for space in central London. The new ILM facility will be located outside of Soho, an area that is already home to several VFX houses.
Remodeling is already planned for the space, and ILM hopes to take up residence in late March or early April.
Lynwen Brennan, ILM president and general manager, told The Hollywood Reporter that the facility “will be a full service studio. We’ll have an art department, previsualization, and an entire end-to-end visual effects and computer graphics pipeline.”
Brennan also said that even though the bulk of the production of Star Wars Episode VII will take place at Pinewood Studios, including “some art department and previs,” they are not “planning on having a large ILM presence at Pinewood.” Rather, the focus will be on the London facility with Pinewood being used on an “as needed” basis.
Star Wars won’t be the only property handled by the London facility. ILM will also be working on Disney and Marvel projects, with Avengers: Age of Ultron being first in line.
You can read more about what’s in store for ILM’s London facility on TheHollywoodReporter.com