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26th Jan 2021

Bridesmaids director heading to Ireland for new fantasy movie

Rory Cashin

It will be the first time Netflix have created a project in the huge studio.

Paul Feig has made a huge name for himself in the world of comedy, having begun with directing episodes of Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The US Office, and Parks & Rec, before delivering hit movies such as Bridesmaids, Spy, Last Christmas, and The Heat (and, while it doesn’t hold a candle to the original, his remake of Ghostbusters is actually quite entertaining).

His next project seems him branching out into a new genre, as The School For Good And Evil is based on a series of hit novels, that tell the story of “A group of boys and girls that are taken to a institution where they are trained to become fairy tale-like heroes and villains.”

The movie is set to be a Netflix original production, and they’re heading to the Belfast Harbour Studio to make it!

Speaking of the production, Feig said the following (via IFTN): “This is a challenging film to mount and their facilities offer us everything we need and so much more for a production of this size.

“They have also been wonderful to work with and we can’t thank them and Northern Ireland Screen enough for all their support and enthusiasm. They’ve been all Good and no Evil.”

Meanwhile, David Dobbin, chairman of Belfast Harbour, made the following statement:

“Today’s landmark announcement is a great boost for the growing creative industry sector in Northern Ireland and we are delighted to welcome Netflix to Belfast Harbour Studios for the first time.

“As part of Belfast Harbour’s strategy to develop a key economic hub for the region, our £20 million investment in state-of-the-art facilities at Belfast Harbour Studios continues to attract high quality global productions such as this.

“We have recently secured planning approval for a major extension to our studios and this news reinforces our confidence that high quality studio space will continue to be in demand due to the ever-increasing requirement to provide viewers with fresh new content.”

It wasn’t too long ago that we were reporting on a big Hollywood star heading to Ireland for a big fantasy movie, and now we’ve got another! We imagine it won’t be too long before Feig and Netflix announce what is sure to be a stacked cast-list for their new movie, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for that.

Main image via Belfast Harbour

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