After separating from its UK headquarters, Pinewood Atlanta Studios is officially going out on its own to become a live, work, play community.
The entire live-work campus will now be called Trilith — an architectural term referring to structures like the ones that compose Stonehenge (two large vertical stones supporting a third laid across the top).
In an interview with Deadline, studios CEO and part owner Frank Patterson said, “It’s a portal, a pathway, a gateway. And a nod to our U.K. heritage.”
The announcement about the rebranding said the change was “emblematic of the three pillars of creativity behind it: storytelling, purpose-built places and emerging technology.”
Opening in 2014, Pinewood Atlanta Studios helped usher in the emerging Atlanta film industry producing a host of blockbuster movies including: Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame along with many others.
Trilith Studios is part of a massive 935-acre master development with a wide selection of restaurants, entertainment venues, tech companies, sound stages, and 60,000 square feet of “smart stages” with virtual production technologies.
A Focus on the Georgia Film Industry
Surrounding the town center will be custom homes, restaurants and schools aimed at servicing the film and creative community.
Rob Parker, president of Pinewood Forest, now Trilith Development, said the idea started with 235 acres of wheat fields adjacent to the studio. “So we could build anything. We said let’s make it a company town for the industry.”
The live-work-play idea is modeled after traditional European living, where everything you need is within a 10-minute walk.
According to Parker, the goal is to house 5,000 residents in 1,400 homes of various sizes accommodating “the price sensitivities of creatives in all stages of their careers.”
Also found in the town with be a gym, a K-12 school and the University of Georgia’s MFA program in Screenwriting.
“We’ve been producing movies at this amazing Atlanta studio since the day it opened in 2014,” said David Grant, VP of Physical Production of Marvel Studios. “We look forward to producing more great work at Trilith and expect to benefit from the new world-class facilities, technologies and expanding business ecosystem.”
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