The proliferation of Y'allywood continues in Gwinnett County, where dreams come true. According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, developer Jim Jacoby now intends to close by the end of the summer on the 160-acre Norcross site that would become the Atlanta Media Campus and Studios, "the largest film and television media complex outside of California." Jacoby, most notably responsible for Atlantic Station, hopes to bring sound stages and production studios aplenty, a film school, a hotel, housing and office space to the OTP property just off Interstate 85 at Jimmy Carter Boulevard. We're talking about a $1 billion investment to fully adapt the site, which has already hosted filming for the "Hunger Games" and instant classic "Fast and Furious 7."
Judging by the pair of renderings available on Jacoby's website, the actual development would skew modern, with what appears to be greenspace atop some buildings. While this would be the biggest studio compound, it's just one of several recent and/or current projects geared toward Georgia's burgeoning movie and TV industry. The other blockbuster would be London-based Pinewood Studios opening up shop on a massive property in Fayette County, about 20 minutes south of the airport. Already functional, it bills itself as a "world-class studio purpose built for the production of film, television, music and video games."
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep
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