New Italian Studio Complex Planned for 2021 in Southern Apulia Region (EXCLUSIVE) -

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Plans are under way for an ambitious new Italian studio complex comprising nine soundstages and two water tanks to be soon built in the Southern Italian region of Apulia.

The Apulia Studios, as the planned facilities are known, are being launched by Italian entrepreneur Antonio Albanese with two former Apulia Film Commission executives, Silvio Maselli and Daniele Basilio, on board as consultants.

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Albanese has acquired a former aquatic theme park on a 450,000-square-meter (122 acre) lot in the province of the port city Taranto. The plan is to convert this space into a sprawling state-of-the-art studio by 2021.

“We saw something unique in this site that stems from the location,” said Basilio, who noted that being on the site of a former theme park is an advantage because the park’s pools that can be converted into water tanks. “Right now anyone who needs to shoot in a water tank in Europe has to go to Malta,” he noted.

The location, Castellaneta Marina, is a few miles from beautiful beaches and golf courses and less than an hour away from Taranto international airport.

Basilio said architects and engineers have drafted a project envisioning a total of 18,000 square meters (19,000 square feet) of soundstage space with the largest of the planned nine soundstages measuring 5,000 square meters (5,300 square feet).

The trio expect to fully finance the €50 million ($54 million) project within the next three months with…

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