First Studio City is building a 400,000-square-foot film studio in the City of Markham, Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced Sept. 7.
Markham Movieland, which will be the largest studio in Canada and will include 20 sound stages, is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2020, Scarpitti said in a video he tweeted from the heart of Toronto International Film Festival celebrations.
The studio will feature a 70,000-sq.-ft. sound stage, which will be the largest single-purpose sound stage in North America, Scarpitti said.
The lot will be large enough to accommodate productions on the scale of the most recent Star Trek and James Bond films.
Scarpitti added Markham’s diversity of talent, culture and high-tech industries make the city the “right place” for the new studio.
In this edition of #MayorsMinute we’re taking you to the movies! #FirstStudioCity announced they will build a world-class movie studio in Markham Centre, creating hundreds of jobs. Markham has the diversity of talent for large-scale tv, film productions. #ChooseMarkham #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/A4FJsPvSsb
— Mayor Frank Scarpitti (@frankscarpitti) September 7, 2018
by Heidi Riedner | York Region News