Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Top Gear may be among the BBC shows to be turned into attractions for a new $3 billion theme park called the London Paramount Entertainment Resort. The 900-acre park, to open Easter 2020, will be built in north Kent on the Swanscombe Peninsula, near Dartmouth. To give you some idea of how big this is, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure in Anaheim, California total only 227 acres.
The theme park plans are the result of a development deal between BBC Worldwide and Paramount Pictures, the Hollywood studio behind Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) is the company formed for the project, which they say will “combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture.”
The task before them now is to sort through the franchises and characters that can be turned into rides, interactive simulations, and experiences for the visitors. Given that the park is expected to attract foreign tourists as well as U.K. residents, it only makes sense that international hits such as Doctor Who and Sherlock should be included as part of the grand plan.
LRCH will also be working with Paramount to select some of their iconic feature films from which to derive some of the attractions, presumably including Star Trek. The year 2020 is a long way off, so a lot could change between now and then, but the park is expected to boast not only a movie and television theme park, but a water park and 5,000 hotel rooms, as well.
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