The “Undisputed 2” actor,film director and writer with CT roots will launch “mini major” Jaigantic Studios in New Haven this summer.
NEW HAVEN, CT — Michael Jai White is opening a film studio in New Haven this summer, he announced on social media.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Bridgeport, White attended Southern Connecticut State University. Also a director and writer and martial artist, White posted on his social media page that he will be launching Jaigantic Studios, described as Connecticut first “mini-major” studio.
Slated to open this summer, while the New Haven production facility is being created, the studio will initially operate out of F airfield’s Studio One,according to the New Haven Register. Variety reported that White has “long wanted to return to his home state to expand the industry with a studio that will provide jobs, professional training and apprenticeships for the local community.”
The planned film studio in New Haven will be used for Jaigantic Studio’s slate of productions that span film, television and other commercial projects.
Jaigantic Studios will serve as an “accessible industry hub for students of Yale University’s drama school,” it’s reported and the New Haven facility will house “several sound stages, production offices, post-production and support facilities and motion capture stages, which will feature 360-degree virtual production volumes.” Variety reported that White’s plan is to “solidify New Haven as a primary entertainment market by combining Connecticut’s favourable film and TV tax incentives with the tri-state area’s talent pool, innovative technology and turnkey production facilities.”
White is the first African American to play a comic book superhero in a major motion picture; he played Al Simmons in the 1997 blockbuster Spawn. And he played Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy and portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in HBO’s 1995 film “Tyson.” His film and TV credits are voluminous.White, 53, has seven martial arts black belts and dozens of martial arts titles.
Author: Seyi Awoleye
Los-Angeles, CA, USA