Disney, Marvel Studios and IMAX are planning to develop a headquarters for Marvel’s next major project — a feature film and ABC television series “Marvels The Inhumans” — in a former Navy facility in Hawaii, the head of the state’s film commission confirmed to Pacific Business News this week.
The entire production is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the Isle film industry as well as pump between $80 million and $100 million annually into the state’s economy, rivaling and even surpassing such Hawaii-filmed TV series such as ABC’s “Lost,” and CBS’ current series “Hawaii Five-0.”
“This is a very big deal,” Donne Dawson, commissioner of the Hawaii State Film Office, told PBN. “The production is currently in the process of retrofitting the space as a production space to support the production.”
The space is located in the West Oahu neighborhood of Kalaeloa, the former 3,700-acre Naval Air Station Barbers Point.
The ABC series “Marvel’s The Inhumans,” which is based on the popular comic-book characters, will debut in an IMAX movie before becoming a television series. Navy Region Hawaii has struck a leasing agreement with the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, which oversees the film office, to lease the former Naval Air Station, which is being subleased to the ABC production.
A source close to the situation tells PBN that Jean Higgins, a co-executive producer of “Lost,” which ran from 2004 to 2010, is the producer on the ground for ABC’s latest major Hawaii venture. The Hollywood Reporter reports the series will premiere in September.
The television series will be the first-of-its-kind in the sense that it will be filmed at the same time as the movies. The first two episodes will be shot using IMAX cameras and will be shown in IMAX theaters. In advance of the airing of the TV series, ABC plans to release these IMAX films around September in order to build up excitement for the TV series.