SyFy’s new series about Superman’s home planet is to be the first production filmed in the new £20m Belfast Harbour Studios. Photo Source: The Irish News.
Victoria Brown, contributor.
Based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton will star British actor Cameron Cuffe, fresh from the set of Florence Foster Jenkins, as Superman’s grandfather Seyg-El. Written by David S. Goyer, the man who brought you The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the series will follow Seyg-El as he fights to redeem his family’s honour and save his planet.
Krypton is being produced by Warner Horizon Television, a division of the world-renowned Warner Bros Group, and will feature a multitude of stars, including Game of Thrones star Ian McElhinney as Seyg-El’s grandfather, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword star Georgina Campbell as Lyta Zod, ancestor of Kryptonian war criminal and Superman’s enemy General Zod.
The Belfast Harbour Studios, built on the north foreshore of Belfast Lough, boasts two film studios, workshops, and production offices. Following the success of Game of Thrones and The Fall, Northern Ireland has become an incredibly popular filming location for UK television dramas. The BBC have recently renewed a partnership deal with Northern Ireland Screen, and they have pledged to spend £11m on television commission here over the next three years. Northern Ireland Screen CEO Richard Williams has expressed his confidence in Belfast’s ability to accommodate such a fantastic opportunity: “Securing Krypton is a real coup for us and cements our position as a world-class filming location with a local and highly-skilled crew base with vast experience”.
This success marks Belfast’s position as the best catered region for film production after London. Belfast Harbour Studio’s Chairman, David Dobbin, said: “Welcoming our first tenant to Belfast Harbour Studios is very exciting for us. Working with Northern Ireland Screen and hosting visits from many production companies has shown there is a need for a facility like this. Supporting the regional economy is one of our strategic goals and enhancing Northern Ireland’s media offering is very much part of this. We look forward to working with Warner Horizon and further enhancing Northern Ireland’s reputation in the film industry.”
Although no premiere date has been officially set, all the signs are pointing toward 2018!