The Hungarian “Hollywood” film studio is planned to be built by one of the wealthiest Hungarians, István Garancsi. It would attract the productions of Disney – also Marvel Studios – and Netflix to Hungary. The future of the complex will soon be decided on.
The plans of the modern, gigantic-sized film studio complex are in the preparation phase, which can be linked to the company of István Garancsi, one of the wealthiest Hungarians, who dreamed up Hungary’s Hollywood studio with the involvement of American experts. As far as the location is concerned, it is most likely that the complex will be located near Lake Omsk and the Danube bank in Budakalász. As the Hungarian news portal Index reports, the idea for the gigantic film studio was born in April this year. Based on current plans, it will be a spectacular building complex with eight floors, comprising 24-26 meters high, 120-150 meters long and 60 meters wide objects.
Accordingly, it is more than possible that Disney and Netflix productions would also be shot in Hungary.
The film studio is planned to be built on the outskirts of Budakalász, near Lake Omsk and the banks of the Danube, on a 26-hectare arable land, of which the investor would use 16 hectares for the construction of the complex. The building rights for the area are still in question that the municipality can approve.
However, the idea of building the film studio is divisive among locals – some people support it, others do not at all.
That is why it is still questionable whether the project will get the necessary permits for the construction.
The realisation of the project has several benefits for the municipality of Budakalász, including a one-time HUF 100-120 million paid by the investor for the land, an annual payment of nearly HUF 200 million as a business, land and building tax for the film studio, from which many local developments could take place in the future. For the support of studio construction, it has already been said that while road traffic could increase, it would not cause traffic jams because a shoot typically takes 14-16 hours, starts at dawn and lasts until late at night. Therefore, filmmakers would normally commute to the studio in Budakalász outside of peak hours. Additionally, it is also important to mention that the film studio may create jobs for locals in the future.
However, some risks are also considered, including the spectacle of the planned film studio and the disappearance of another green area in Budapest in a Danube section protected by Natura 2000. Additionally, from a meteorological point of view, the construction of the film studio could cause many difficulties for the neighbouring popular Budapest’s Lupa Beach causing thunderstorm cloud formation and rainfalls in the area.
Based on these considerations, a representative poll among locals is currently underway, the results of which are expected to be published by the Budakalász Board of Representatives within days. After that, they will soon decide whether they approve the rights that will make the project feasible.