Marvel Studios and Tyler Perry will need to bake some muffins and get some baskets ready as they welcome their new neighbor, Lionsgate. The studio announced it has signed on to be the anchor tenant for a new studio complex in Atlanta.
The deal with Great Point Studios, the owner of the 40-acre complex, is said to be worth $200 million. It also marks the third deal between the studio and the media-focused company specializing in film and television infrastructure.
Lionsgate, which will also have naming rights, also partnered with Great Point Studios on a studio facility in Yonkers, New York with a second studio facility slated to open in Newark, New Jersey.
The 500,000-square-foot, full-service complex will include 12 large sound stages, office and support space, a back lot and parking for 400 cars and 100 trucks. The new media complex, which will be owned and operated by Great Point Studios, will offer a full set of production services on site, including grip and electric, equipment, props, set building, restaurants, location catering, cleaning service, and security.
The complex will be located in Douglas County, less than 16 miles from the center of Atlanta and only 25 minutes from the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. This is where most of Lionsgate’s hit franchise The Hunger Games was filmed.
“Lionsgate Studios Atlanta becomes our third state-of-the-art production complex with proximity to a major metropolitan area, allowing us to continue to scale our film & television production operations, create hundreds of local jobs and invest in regional economic growth,” Gary Goodman, Lionsgate EVP of television production, said in a statement.
“In response to continued strong demand for our content, we’re pleased to partner with Great Point Studios and The State of Georgia to extend our studio facilities production footprint to metro Atlanta,” said Lionsgate EVP of Television Production Gary Goodman in a statement. “Lionsgate Studios Atlanta becomes our third state-of-the-art production complex with proximity to a major metropolitan area, allowing us to continue to scale our film & television production operations, create hundreds of local jobs and invest in regional economic growth.”
Georgia Film Office Director Lee Thomas said in a statement that the state is excited to move forward with Lionsgate and Great Point Studios.
“We are thrilled that Great Point Studios has chosen Douglasville for this exciting project,” Thomas said. “We look forward to partnering with Lionsgate on film and television projects for decades to come.”
Georgia overtook California in 2016 as the state location with the most feature films produced overall, 17 of the top 100 grossing movies were filmed here. Films here helped reach an economic impact of $9.5 billion in fiscal 2017 and $2.7 billion in direct spending.
Films shot in Georgia include Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (2008), Life as We Know It (2010), Contagion (2011) Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, as well as Ant-Man and the Wasp and Black Panther. Atlanta has since been called the “Hollywood of the South.” For 10 years, it was also home to The Walking Dead on AMC.
The complex is expected to open in late 2023. Start baking Kevin and Tyler!