Twickenham Film Studios could well be saved as a going concern (again). You will recall that after the studios went into administration in February it looked likely that Twickenham’s 99 year connection to the film industry would be lost and that the site would be sold for property development. Cue uproar from fans of the studio, actors, workers and the many people who’d rather see a working studio on the site than luxury apartments (featuring “Bladerunner Mews” and “Hard Days Night Way” no doubt). Developer Taylor Wimpey then withdrew its bid and a “mystery bidder” then stepped forward with a plan to take over the studios and keep them in business. Tentative hoorays all round. The mystery bidder then pulled out, lost her £100k deposit and hey presto, the studios are back on the market.
The next development (can we use that word?) in the story is that on 6th June, administrator Gerald Krasner of Begbies Traynor issued a statement saying that “following the re-marketing of the studios, a successful bidder has been found… A number of offers were received and on Friday, 1 June 2012, contracts were exchanged with a third party to acquire the studios as a going concern, retaining all of the staff.”
Good news for movie buffs, actors and all those people employed by our local bit of the film industry. The administrator envisages that the deal will be sealed later in 2012. And who is this new mystery bidder? At the moment they’re keeping a low profile. As with the last one, the clue’s in the name. Perhaps they’re just working on securing the rights for Saving Twickenham Studios: The Movie.
So once again, it looks like there just might be a happy ending after all.
(until the inevitable but inferior sequel)