The Last Word: Mansfield Mayor Michael Evans on His City’s 72-Acre Film Studio Development

“This is the place where dreamers come.”

Michael Evans
City of Mansfield
.…on a 72-acre film production studio being built in his city, via WFAA.

Here's "who said what" in Dallas Innovates Every Day.Could Mansfield, the suburb south of Arlington, one day attract some of America’s biggest movie and TV stars? File this under the rubric, “If you build it, they will come.”

That’s just what Mansfield is doing. The city plans to break ground this year on Mansfield Super Studios, a film production studio to be built on 72 acres of undeveloped land, with restaurants, a hotel, and retail part of the project’s $70 million vision.

Mayor Evans told WFAA the city’s planned mini Hollywood will seek to attract streaming services to snag productions like Taylor Sheridan’s hit series “Yellowstone” and “1883,” which have both filmed in the Fort Worth area. Citing the Fort Worth Film Commission, WFAA says the film industry has spliced $600 million into Fort Worth’s economy since 2015.

“This is transforming this entire area,” Evans told WFAA. “It’s movie magic, not only for Mansfield, but for the entire state of Texas.”

Super Studios CEO Angel Gracia, who directed the film “From Prada to Nada,” is heading up the $70 million studio development, WFAA notes, and says it will be “a filmmaker’s studio designed by filmmakers for filmmakers.” You can see WFAA’s report on the project by going here.

For more of who said what about all things North Texas, check out Every Last Word.

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