Universal Studios Unveil New New York Street Backlot
Fri, 28 May 2010 10:45:57
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On Thursday, at Universal Studios Hollywood as Ron Meyer, President and Coo, Universal Studios, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chief Deputy Daryl Osby and Ret. Fire Chief Doug Barry, were joined by such guests as Jonah Hill, Christopher Lloyd and Kali Hawk to announce the opening of four acres of newly rebuilt New York Street backlot locations. The site offers a wealth of creative opportunities for film and television production and an exciting behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood moviemaking for Universal Studios Hollywood theme park guests. The location was crippled in June 2008 by a three-alarm fire which broke at Universal Studios in Hollywood, destroying much of the New York Street set, the King Kong theme park attraction and a treasured vault of videos.
But all was not lost. A world-renowned creative time was dispatched with the task of rebuilding what was lost in the blaze. The team featured, Steven Spielberg, production designers, and Rick Carter, an Academy Award winner for Avatar, to be a part of the design process. The team quickly expanded to a list of twenty-five award-winning production designers and graphic artists that collaborated, designed and rebuilt the legendary Hollywood fixture.
The finished product includes a New York block with a glass and steel look, Paris Square, London Square and Central Park. The newly constructed New York block will be fully completed on June 30.
The King Kong attraction was moved to expand the location and provide additional production parking. The new King Kong 360-3D attraction created by award-winning director Peter Jackson will open this summer and will be the world's largest and most intense 3D interactive theme park experience.
Check out the event in the video below:
Will you be heading to Universal Studios to see the new King Kong attraction and the rebuilt New York Street?