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Outlander producer reveals more major series are on the cards for Scotland amid growing film and TV boom

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Michael Wilson has revealed that two more ‘big and premium’ series are expected to start filming in Scotland in the coming months.

He said the new studios created in old industrial buildings were full due to the growing demand for filming space.

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The producer predicted that new locations in Leith and Bathgate could emulate the success of the Belfast factory where Game of Thrones was filmed and the Outlander base in a converted warehouse in Lanarkshire.

Mr Wilson, who has worked on Outlander since its launch eight years ago, also cited the filming of new Star Wars and Indiana Jones productions as evidence of the growing boom.

A host of high profile productions have been shot in Scotland under strict Covid protocols put in place last summer.

These include Ken Loach’s new movie My Son, which saw scenes from James McAvoy and Claire Foy film in the Highlands, Vanessa Hudgens’ new Princess Switch movie for Netflix, video game biopic Tetris, including Rocketman star Taron Egerton is leading the cast, and Steve Coogan’s film The Lost King, which will recall the remains of Richard III was discovered under a parking lot in 2012.

Line of Duty star Martin Compston has directed two series in Scotland in recent months – the supernatural thriller The Rig and the underwater drama Trident Vigil – while the marine murder mystery Annika and the dark comedy Guilt have also been featured. in production.

Two stuntmen were seen competing against each other on motorcycles behind a vehicle equipped with a large camera while filming the new Indiana Jones movie in Glencoe this month.  Photo: Tony Featherstone / SWNS.COM

Two stuntmen were seen competing against each other on motorcycles behind a vehicle equipped with a large camera while filming the new Indiana Jones movie in Glencoe this month. Photo: Tony Featherstone / SWNS.COM

Mr Wilson said: “We built Wardpark by converting a former industrial space in 2013 and have continued to expand and adapt it. It’s now a great working movie studio, it works great for a show of the size and scale of Outlander.

“Scotland was fine, but all of a sudden what happened on the way out of the pandemic was that there is a series of projects that should have been shot a year ago, plus all of them. the others that must be turned now.

“The industry is incredibly busy right now. As Outlander arrived at the end of the shoot [the sixth series], Star Wars and Indiana Jones have just arrived in Scotland.

“There are two more big premium TV shows in the works and filming in Scotland over the next few months.

Michael Wilson has worked on Outlander since the series began production in 2013.

“By hook or by crook, more and more spaces are occupied and transformed into film studios.

“At Jason Connery’s [in Leith] is full for the next eight months or more and the Pyramids Business Park [in Bathgate] is booked for the next six or seven months.

“These aren’t movie studios, there are spaces where you can build sets, but inevitably, as happened in Northern Ireland with Game of Thrones, the companies that come into those spaces will inject money into them. money and will improve them. “

Brodie Pringle, head of the screens commission at government agency Screen Scotland, said: “The Scottish screen industry has been through much of the pandemic and we have just experienced the busiest winter for production on record. .

“With a proactive skills strategy bolstering our already excellent team base and increasing studio infrastructure, we are confident to attract more high-value return productions, creating an increasingly sustainable industry and the entire industry. year. “

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