Hollywood special effects heavyweight Lucasfilm has announced it will build a permanent base in Singapore, the company’s first purpose-built overseas production facility. George Lucas’ company already employs 400 at a rented office near Changi Airport, which produces the popular animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Nintendo DS game Jedi Alliance. The team also contributed special effects to the Transformers, Harry Potter and Iron Man series.

The new studio, to be located in Singapore’s new high-tech Fusionopolis center, consists of an 8-floor, 38,000 square meter complex containing a 100-seat theater, data center and retail. It will be ready for business by 2012.

source & article: AFP via Yahoo! Singapore