Hollywood-style film studio ‘crashing’ at Roswell

Look for future UFO related films to be shot in a new studio at Roswell, New Mexico, home to the 1947 UFO crash that seemed to kick off 20th Century ufology.

Illustration of the future film studio at Roswell, NM. (Credit: KOB-4 TV/Thadd Turner)
Illustration of the future film studio at Roswell, NM. (Credit: KOB-4 TV/Thadd Turner)

Award winning director Thadd Turner is leaving Santa Fe for New Mexico where investors purchased 125 acres just north of town to be converted into a film studio.

Studio conceptual plan. (Credit: Roswell Movie Studios)

“Roswell does not have any type of film studio or any type of facility for film productions to go to,” studio board member Alan Trever told KOB-4 TV. “When we made the announcement at the Roswell Film Festival, it was met with cheers and jubilation. It is something that we’ve really worked hard for for the last eight months to a year.”

The project includes reworking an old FedEx building on the land for a mil shop and storage area which will be ready to open in August. They are additionally building a 20,000-square-foot soundstage and a 10,000-square-foot facility for production offices including a 40-seat screening room.

Warehouse at the location of the proposed new movie studios. (Credit: Roswell Movie Studios)
Open lot where the studios will be located. (Credit: Roswell Movie Studios)

“Several large productions are looking at Roswell, which they wouldn’t have looked at before,” Trever told KOB-4 TV.

Thadd Turner from his appearance in ‘Miracle at Sage Creek.’ (Credit: IMDB)

From the Internet Movie Database, Thadd directed the family film ‘Rodeo & Juliet’ and directed country music star Clay Walker’s 2013 ‘Top Ten’ music video ‘Jesse James’. He won the 2010 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for his portrayal of Wyatt Earp in the History Channel’s series ‘Cowboys and Outlaws: The Real Wyatt Earp’, won the 2007 Western Heritage Wrangler Award as executive producer for the film ‘Truce’, and won 2006 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for his original screenplay ‘Miracle at Sage Creek’ featuring David Carradine, Wes Studi and Buck Taylor. Producer, director, screenwriter, actor, and published author, Thadd’s non-fiction book “Wild Bill Hickok: Deadwood City – End of Trail” was released in June 2001. Thadd is the father of Wyatt Turner who co-wrote the upcoming films ‘Palominas’ and ‘The Magic Season’.

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