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Cinecitta Studios in Italy to get new film stages

Ben HurCinecitta Studios near Rome in Italy will get at least two more sound stages as the facility returns to state ownership.

The studios were privatised ten years ago, but state entity Istituto Luce-Cinecitta will now take over the facility ahead of a major planned refurbishment to help bring more international productions to Italy.

Cinecitta Studios currently offers 22 sound stages and additional facilities including a 112,000-sq-ft water tank and a 25-acre back lot.

Italy’s global production profile has been raised since the country’s filming incentive programme was boosted.

In the last couple of years Cinecitta Studios has hosted a new Hollywood adaptation of Ben-Hur, as well as high-end TV drama The Young Pope.

Warner Bros. used Italy’s Amalfi Coast as a stand in for the mystical world of Themyscira in Wonder Woman, and Ridley Scott is scheduled to film in the country for his upcoming feature All the Money in the World, based on the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III in 1973.

The administrative region of Lazio – which encompasses Rome – recently launched grants of €10m to attract more international co-productions to the area.

“The first of the two calls announced last year, now closed, has seen 18 co-productions admitted for evaluation,” said Nicola Zingaretti, governor of the Lazio region, in comments reported by Screen back in May. 

“That is already a dramatic improvement from the previous year which counted 16 co-productions.”

For more on filming in Italy see our production guide.

Main page image: FreeImages.com/Orsolya Ganzler. Article image: Paramount Pictures