Aardman is out and Paramount is back in at the oft-delayed and seemingly ever-changing London Resort.
Now slated for a 2024 opening, the theme park resort planned on the Thames River east of London previously signed IP licensing deals with UK networks ITV and the BBC, which will continue. Paramount withdrew from the project in 2017 but now has returned, though it won't be adding its name to the entire resort, as it featured originally when it was the "London Paramount Entertainment Resort."
Along with the Paramount announcement, developers have said that their previously announced deal with Aardman, the British creators of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, will not be pursued. No word yet on which specific Paramount IP are planned to be featured in the resort, though new concept art teases Mission: Impossible.
The project originally was supposed to open this year — at least that was the plan the resort was announced back in 2012. Now developers are talking about a 2021 start for construction on the £1 billion first phase of the project, with an opening three years later.
The London Resort is planned for 535-acre site on the Swanscombe Peninsula in North Kent. The project is owned by the Kuwaiti European Holding Company Group.Tweet
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