Barrandov Studios open "Europe's largest" soundstage
This week Prague's famous Barrandov film studios opened a brand new soundstage that is reportedly the most ambitious investment by the studio in decades. Named "Max" for its massive size, the new stage was built to attract bigger international productions to Prague.
"How's it different? Well, first of all it's Casino Royale!"
"Max" is also almost 14 metres high, which means it should provide room for even the most demanding of productions. Czech film critic Mirka Spacilova told Czech Radio that having a sound-proofed soundstage like the new one at Barrandov will make a difference:
The new "Max" soundstage is said to have cost 100 million crowns - the equivalent of around 4.7 million US dollars. But, the investment has apparently already begun to pay off: according to reports most of Barrandov's facilities are booked till the summer of 2007, many for one blockbuster production: the second instalment of C.S. Lewis' children's classic "Narnia Chronicles". Titled "Prince Caspian", the new film will aim to follow the success of the first in the series, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", also partly shot in the Czech Republic.