This rendering shows the proposed site for Atlanta Media Campus, a $1 billion project at the OFS site along Interstate 85 in Norcross. (Courtesy of Jacoby Development)
NORCROSS — Developer Jim Jacoby said Tuesday his company intends to close on a deal by the end of summer that would bring a star-studded vision to life in the Gwinnett Village area.
Jacoby spoke at a meeting of the Gwinnett Municipal Association about plans to make the 160-acre OFS site along Interstate 85 in Norcross the Atlanta Media Campus, a $1 billion project where filmmaking would take place, as well as education, innovation and more. The site would include a hotel, office space, a film school, seven sound stages and housing, as well as OFS’s continued operations manufacturing fiber optic cables.
Members of the Gwinnett Municipal Association toured the facility Tuesday evening.
The property has already been the site of filming for the movies “Fast and Furious 7” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” set to be released this year, and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” slated for a 2015 release. Jacoby said the “Hunger Games” films used one of the largest green screens in the country and had 1,400 extras on site during one day of filming.
“Hollywood coming in, they paint the glitter on the whole project,” Jacoby said, “and when these major blockbusters that have been so successful here they tell the other guys, they say, ‘This was a great experience.’ Hollywood loves coming here.”
Jacoby announced Tuesday evening that the production company behind the movie “Insurgent,” the sequel to the film “Divergent” based on a young adult book trilogy, has already leased space for filming. A blue screen used in filming “Fast and Furious 7” was left standing for the “Insurgent” project. Jacoby also said the production company for the eighth film in “The Fast and the Furious” series has expressed interest in filming at the site.
“We are excited about the prospects of what’s being proposed for this site,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Charlotte Nash. “It certainly has the prospects for being the catalyst that we’ve been looking for for this part of Gwinnett County for a while.”