A new studio for the uber-talented artists at Industrial Light & Magic is slated to be opened in Sydney, Australia sometime later this year. If everything goes according to plan with the opening, post-production work on director J.J. Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker could be performed at this new location before the film arrives in theaters December 20.
The new studio will be housed in Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park which is located next to Fox Studios Australia, per Variety. The facility is expected to create an additional 500 new jobs in the area.
Check out the intro the The Hollywood Reporter’s article copied below and then take the source link for the full read. An announcement has also been posted on the official ILM website along with a link to apply for an open position at the new Sydney location.
Lucasfilm’s visual effects division Industrial Light & Magic is expanding its footprint with a base at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney.
The opening is planned for later this year, hopefully in time for its artists to contribute work to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, according to Rob Bredow, executive creative director and head of ILM. Skywalker is slated for a Dec. 20 release.
Plans call for Luke Hetherington, who heads ILM’s Singapore studio, to additionally serve as executive in charge of the Sydney base and split his time between Singapore and Australia. Bredow says he aims to have between 50-100 employees in Sydney by year’s end, and continue to grow in 2020.
ILM is headquartered in San Francisco, and also maintains bases in Vancouver and London.