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Superman TV production coming to Belfast

'KRYPTON' is the first series to be recorded at the new Belfast Harbour Studios. The £20m development is set on an 8-acre site at Giant's Park.

A new television Superman prequel has been confirmed as the first production to be housed in the new Belfast Harbour Studios.

Pre-production on ‘KRYPTON’ will commence in Belfast this month, with a shoot date of late summer.

The deal has been described as a ‘real coup’ for the film industry in Northern Ireland.

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The one-hour TV series will be broadcast on the SYFY channel and is from Phantom Four in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, ‘KRYPTON’ follows Superman’s grandfather as he fights to redeem his family’s honour and save his beloved world from chaos.

The production will feature local actor Ian McElhinney, who has starred in a number of television and film productions, including HBO hit Game of Thrones.

The new purpose built studios at Belfast north foreshore were unveiled to the global screen industry at the Cannes Film Festival just over a year ago.

The £20m development, is set on an eight acre site on the 340 acre Giant’s Park.

The complex consists of two film studios, workshops which will be used for set construction and separate production offices to accommodate art departments, dressing rooms and wardrobe functions.

David Dobbin, Chairman of Belfast Harbour said: “Welcoming our first tenant to Belfast Harbour Studios is very exciting for us.

"We look forward to working with Warner and further enhancing Northern Ireland’s reputation in the film industry.”

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen, said: “We are delighted to welcome Warner Horizon to Northern Ireland.

"Securing KRYPTON is a real coup for us and cements our position as a world-class filming location with a local and highly skilled crew-base with vast experience.

"The construction of the new studios by Belfast Harbour has added tremendous value to our overall proposition.”