Netflix is looking to make a former New Jersey Army base a new production facility, the company told The Hill.
A Netflix spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that it plans to turn the Fort Monmouth Army base into a “state-of-the-art production facility.”
“America's first movie studio was in New Jersey, and today it's home to many talented people working in entertainment,” the spokesperson said. “Governor [Phil] Murphy (D) and the state’s legislative leaders have created a business environment that's welcomed film and television production back to the state, and we’re excited to submit our bid to transform Fort Monmouth into a state-of-the-art production facility.
Netflix’s plans were first reported by The New York Times, which reported that the company would submit a bid for a 289-acre portion of the base. The facility would include sound stages, postproduction buildings and backlot filming spaces.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who is up for reelection next week, told The Hill in a Wednesday statement that he is "incredibly excited to hear about Netflix's proposed investment"
"While there is an objective process that any and all applications will have to go through, this is yet more evidence that the economic plan my administration has laid out is working and bringing high-quality, good-paying jobs to our state," the statement continued. "New Jersey has become a leader in new, innovative industries from offshore wind to sports betting to film and digital media, and today's announcement by Netflix is another sign that companies around the world are taking notice.”
The Fort Monmouth base was granted permanent status in 1925, and was largely used to develop radar technology, including the first U.S. aircraft detection radar. The base was officially closed in 2011.
The site would be Netflix’s second largest site behind its studio in New Mexico, the Times noted.
Netflix first acquired the studio in 2018 and vowed to spend $1 billion over a decade on the site. In November, Netflix announced it would spend an additional $1 billion to expand the studio.
—Updated Wednesday at 10:06 a.m.