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Steven Spielberg to help design Beijing’s Universal Studios

Steven Spielberg to help design Beijing’s Universal Studios
22 Oct 2014

One of the world’s greatest directors and an American film studio are teaming together to create a £2 billion theme park in Beijing.

Universal Studios’ theme parks are already firm favourites with those travelling to Florida and California. The recent addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the Orlando theme park and Hollywood’s Studio Tour, which takes visitors through actual used film sets, including Back to the Future as well as Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane, makes Universal Studios a must visit for those heading to the States.

The film studio also operates theme parks in Osaka and Singapore, and now it has set its sights to mainland China.

Those who are planning a trip to Beijing can celebrate as plans have been unveiled to open a brand new Universal Studios theme park in the capital, which is rumoured to be completed in 2019.

The new theme park will be developed alongside the Beijing Tourism Group Co and will have Chinese themed attractions as well as the much loved Western brands found in the American theme parks.

It is believed that the opening of the new park will put it in competition with the company’s rival, the Walt Disney Co, which already has a theme park in Hong Kong. The Walt Disney Co is also constructing a £2.8 billion theme park which is due to be opened next year, alongside a £2 billion entertainment complex that DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc and Chinese partners have been working on, due to finish in 2016 in Shanghai.

However, putting Universal Studios in good stead is the fact that Hollywood director and Oscar winner, Steven Spielberg, has agreed to help design the Beijing theme park, which will no doubt further attract fans of his films which include Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and E.T, to name but a few.

While Universal Studios have yet to confirm the opening date of the new theme park, there is no doubt that it will attract visitors not only from China, but around the world once its gates open.ADNFCR-408-ID-801755753-ADNFCR

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