It’s due to open its doors within two-and-a-half years

Steven Knight and ‘Peaky Blinders’ star Cillian Murphy

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has revealed plans to build a state-of-the-art film and TV studio in the West Midlands.

The fifth season of the BAFTA-winning drama is set to return to screens this summer, with Knight already at work writing its sixth instalment.

Ahead of the next chapter’s arrival, Knight has confirmed that he’s working on a £100m studio near Birmingham, which will accommodate both big screen blockbusters and projects on a much smaller scale. He’s said to have started looking into the idea four years ago.

“So many American and international producers want to shoot in the UK because of our crew base and tax incentives,” he told The Observer. “Many high-profile production companies are begging for [studio] space.

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Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby in ‘Peaky Blinders’

“I’m from Birmingham. I felt it was a shame that there was no production going on in the centre of the country.”

Knight went on to describe the studio – named Mercian – as the “greenest on earth”. “I want to grass the roofs so they’re bird sanctuaries,” he explained. “All sets that are dismantled will be burned for energy. All vehicles will be electric.”

Knight aims to open the ambitious space – boasting six sound stages and post-production facilities – within two-and-a-half years. An official announcement due later in 2019.

Meanwhile, actor Vicky McClure recently revealed that she has been turned down for every series of Peaky Blinders. “Although work is regular, it doesn’t always go my way,” she said.

In other news, BBC producers have issued a Peaky Blinders-themed bar with a legal warning. Makers of the show said that the Manchester establishment “has no authorisation to use the Peaky Blinders television brand”.

 

 

 

 

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