Britain's Pinewood Shepperton studios will lend its name and expertise to a $120-million studio complex in Malaysia, backed by the Malaysian government, it said Wednesday. The studio will be called Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios and will be built on an 80 acre site in the south of the country. Last June Pinewood Shepperton announced plans to expand its current site to include, among other things, new permanent sets for movies set in New York, Paris -- even Venice, Italy. That project has run into solid opposition from local government leaders who say that the proposed studio expansion would adversely affect the overall environment of the area. It was not known whether Pinewood might shift its building plans to the Malaysian site.

17/12/2009