Big expansion planned for Santa Fe Studios in New Mexico
New Mexico’s Santa Fe Studios is planning a major expansion to build an extra sound stage and develop more post-production facilities.
The studio currently offers a pair of 19,000 sq ft stages and 25,000 sq ft of production offices. Managers are asking for a $22m industrial revenue bond from the state to fund the expansion.
Santa Fe Studios has hosted major feature productions including the upcoming remake of classic movie The Magnificent Seven, and the TV pilot for western drama series Edge, set in the late 1860s.
“Santa Fe Studios has been an unmitigated success for Santa Fe County,” said Jason Hool, president of Santa Fe Studios, in comments to local news outlet the Santa Fe New Mexican. “Now is the time to grow and expand and we look forward to partnering with the County to accelerate this momentum.
“Our current capacity limits our ability to grow, remain competitive and build upon the worldwide reputation Santa Fe is achieving in the business.”
New Mexico has become a major US production hub, partly by virtue of being the only part of the country that offers desert locations along with a generous filming incentive.
The state has several high-profile filming facilities. Albuquerque Studios hosted the first Thor and Avengers movies, and more recently was used for cartel thriller Sicario (pictured), the Young Adult sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and the big-budget alien invasion follow-up Independence Day Resurgence.
Albuquerque and Santa Fe are likely to face greater competition from the west coast, now that California has boosted its film fund.
For more on filming in New Mexico, check our production guide.