The Detroit Free Press reports that executives at Warner Brothers are eying the facility, which has been empty since 2007, for use as a studio lot.; Although it’s certainly an odd use for an automotive plant, the factory’s size – 1.3 million square feet – could easily lend itself to housing multiple soundstages.; If that weren’t enough, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm recently announced tax incentives designed to lure the film industry to the state.
Opened in 1957, the Wixom facility was originally home to all Lincoln products, but eventually became home to the Ford Thunderbird and rear-wheel-drive Mercury Cougar products.; The factory was also responsible for production of the Ford GT supercar from 2004 through 2006, and was “idled” beginning in 2007.
Since then, most reference (including signage) to Ford has been removed from the plant.; The automaker has no plans on resuming production within the facility, and has been seeking buyers for the property over the past year.
Source: Detroit Free Press