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New Mexico officials eye new film studio near Navajo Nation

April 2, 2019

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Officials in northwestern New Mexico are hoping Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs a bill that could open a film studio near the Navajo Nation.

The Farmington Daily Times reports San Juan County is waiting for the governor to sign a capital outlay bill that includes $1 million for construction of a film studio in Farmington.

New Mexico Film Office locations coordinator Don Gray says the Four Corners’ distinctive terrain gives it a leg up for filmmakers pursuing a one-of-a-kind setting.

The area has been the site of film projects like “The Lone Ranger” and “Transformers,” and the television series “Stargate Universe.”

Northwestern New Mexico officials have been trying to identify economic development opportunities as they grapple with the potential closure of the San Juan Generating Station in 2022.