Mansfield, Texas, is set to become a hub for the film industry as the city breaks ground on Mansfield Super Studios, a new film studio development aimed at attracting streaming services.
The initiative will start at the cost of $70 million, with the goal of making the Texas city into a mini-Hollywood. Mansfield Super Studios is expected to provide around 2,000 jobs and attract significant business, as it is situated on 72 acres of undeveloped land near South 7th Street and Easy Drive.
Super Studios CEO Angel Gracia, who is overseeing the studio development, said the studio “is a filmmaker’s studio designed by filmmakers for filmmakers,” and it will be open for everyone trying to produce. The studio will also have “clusters” of sound stages and mill spaces, as well as hotels, retail spaces, cafes, and restaurants.
“The studio welcomes everybody,” Gracia said, per WFAA. “Like that movie: it should be everything and everyone, because you have the possibility of creating anything from drama, cop shows, romantic comedies, award shows. It’s just a breeding ground for creative possibilities.”
Considering the project’s potential for expansion and its ability to impact the area, Mansfield Mayor Michael Evans believes that it will be transformative for the city and the entire state of Texas.
“This is the place where dreamers come,” Evans said. “This is transforming this entire area. It’s movie magic, not only for Mansfield, but for the entire state of Texas.”
Due to its proximity to downtown Dallas and ease of access to the airport, Garcia believes Mansfield has the potential for major growth.
“People are beginning to talk about Texas, people are beginning to talk about Dallas,” Gracia said to the Dallas Morning News. “Looking at the map of this country, it is a logical destination for the business and has potential to grow.”
Mansfield city leaders are optimistic about the potential for growth and development in their city following the success of nearby cities in the film industry.
Fort Worth and surrounding cities have seen a major boost to the local economy as film studios have begun to produce in the area. The film industry has resulted in over $550 million and 18,900 jobs for Fort Worth’s economy since 2015, according to the Fort Worth Film Commission.
A lot of films are filmed in Texas.
I remember when Oliver Stone’s JFK was made and shots were done in Dallas. Just following JFK was filmed Ruby (about Jack Ruby). They rented an old bread truck of mine for the WFAA TV vehicle in Ruby.