Park City—Park City Film Studio has long been the subject of litigation, first in the District Court for Summit County and later in bankruptcy court. Park City resident Gary Crandall recently settled the litigation and acquired the film studio property for an undisclosed sum with his sons, Ryan and Matthew Crandall.
The film studio had been mothballed for months while the litigation and bankruptcy proceedings were ongoing. In April of this year, the Crandall family took over studio operations in anticipation of acquiring the property and succeeded in attracting several productions, including Paramount Network’s upcoming drama Yellowstone, which will star Kevin Costner. “We’re excited about the amazing quality of the productions we’ve been able to attract to the film studio” said Gary Crandall, adding “We think they will be a real boon to the state and local economy.”
The Crandalls plan to sever any ties to the studio’s checkered past by renaming it “Utah Film Studios.” Ryan Crandall explained, “We’re leaving the Park City Film Studio’s problems in the past and working hard to make the studio a facility that the entire state can be proud of. Changing the name to Utah Film Studios is one step in that direction.”
The Crandalls also acquired approximately 25 acres of commercial property adjacent to the film studio which includes plans for a hotel and office building. “Our development plan for the additional acreage is a work in progress” said Matthew Crandall, “but we have some exciting ideas that we look forward to sharing with everyone soon.”