I've already written about the The Making Of Harry Potter experience at the Warner Bros Studio Tour in Leavesden a coupleof times ahead of its opening this weekend, but I recently got to thinking: what other sets do you wish you could have toured around?
I mean, it should be something large, awesome and involving iconic decor. Franchises might work, since there's more material to work with, but there are some individual sets that it would be pretty awesome to wander around. Imagine if you could clamber around Moulin Rouge's elephant set, or Blade Runner's Toymaker's home, or One-Eyed Willie's galleon from The Goonies. The alien ships in Close Encounters or Alien would be pretty nifty, or the Batcave. Imagine taking a wander around the Millenium Falcon or getting to play about in an X-Wing cockpit.
The criteria are: it's got to be an awesome set that doesn't depend on there being awesome stuff around to make it interesting. So, much as we love, say, Club Coco Bongo in The Mask, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun without Cameron Diaz singing in a super-short dress and Jim Carrey going crazy in green face-paint.
It has to be a set, not a location - so Saving Private Ryan, say, is largely out, as are all those Monument Valley Westerns and the whole of New Zealand for Lord Of The Rings (Rivendell or Hobbiton would be a good shout though).
So what would you like to visit? Personally I rather enjoyed the Harry Potter tour (see pictures below), because I think production designer Stuart Craig is a genius and the detail there is gorgeous (seriously, they practically bury the Sorting Hat and Sword of Gryffindor and it doesn't matter because there's so much other good stuff). But I'd give good money to visit the top of the Cliffs Of Insanity from The Princess Bride, and retrace the greatest swordfight ever fought, and I'd rather like to wander the courthouse news room of His Girl Friday. But how about you?
Whistler Posted on Friday March 30, 2012, 18:25
I'd love to see the rotating hallway from Inception, and Serenity from, you guessed it, Serenity.
DonnchadhT5 Posted on Friday March 30, 2012, 19:33
The Gangs of New York sets looks like it'd be some banter. But now that you mention Serenity would be biz.
roogieman Posted on Friday March 30, 2012, 20:31
I'd love to see some of the sets used on Aardmans stop motion flicks, or the Team America set- just to see some of the details that go into their creation.
jamsmetts Posted on Friday March 30, 2012, 21:36
Definitely Serenity. To walk around serenity the ship alone would suffice hours of pleasure. Sit in washes chair, cut up apples in the kitchen, even just to see the secret compartment they always hid their stash in would be honour.
livewire Posted on Friday March 30, 2012, 21:47
Hadleys hope or the nostromo from the alien series.
TheoJ Posted on Friday March 30, 2012, 23:07
The Enterprise, Anchorman set for a laugh and probs the bat cave just so i could pretend even for a few precious seconds that i am batman
jillian101 Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 00:19
Serenity all the way! That would be amazing. And definitely Hobbiton and Rivendell.
jillian101 Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 00:21
Also, the Labyrinth would be pretty damn cool. you could spend hours wandering around...
elonir Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 03:01
The chocolate factory from the original willy wonka-I don't know any kid who didn't want to win a golden ticket themselves! Regardless of the goodies, the sets looked amazing especially the first one with the chocolate river. The wizard of Oz sets were pretty special too-especially munchkin city but really anything that involved the yellow brink road. Tim burton is always someone whose sets I would like to look at more closely-big fish was gorgeous-I loved the circus and his batman sets were pretty amazing. Hellboy was another great visual masterpiece but then anything Guillermo del toro oversees is. The fairy world in the second one especially-just stunning. On another note though I think tv is probably better suited to this question. You mention franchises are probably more popular and I think the reason is because with our familiarity, we become more attached. For years I wanted to see the tardis in real life which I managed to do last year at the dr who exhibition. But I'd also love to spend time on deep space 9 or the battlestar from battlestar galactica. I'd love to snoop around sterling cooper draper pryce in mad men and the boardwalk in boardwalk empire. The magic shop in buffy and downton abbey as well as the pride and prejudice sets where Colin firth cut his smouldering acting chops what seems like so long ago.
Gunnersaurusrob Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 10:26
I know its not possible but ,Toontown from Who Framed Roger Rabbit would blow my mind! Labyrinth is a good shout too.
Hank Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 11:10
To visit the Avatar set would be amazing! Actually, on second thoughts...
hatebox Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 12:15
The Overlook Hotel, obviously.
unclesi86 Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 19:05
Goonies - massive slide, pirate ship, skeletons, Baby Roo's - what else do you need
Garet6 Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 20:45
Serenity, from Serenity. Awesome film, awesome set.
jackcarter Posted on Saturday March 31, 2012, 22:57
prometheus. someone tell RS to hang on to those sets!
TomBowler Posted on Sunday April 1, 2012, 05:32
I would want to visit the wax museum with a pulse: Jack Rabbit Slims, a Bluth Model Home in Sudden Valley, Studio 60, Tyler Durden's house, Atomic Comics, the Shermer High-School Detention Room, The Winchester, the Black Pearl and the house on Archer Avenue which Royal bought in the winter of his 35th year.
DanTDavies Posted on Sunday April 1, 2012, 14:17
The Death Star, just so that I could have a go with the laser and see if I could discover any fascinating smells :)
Showstopper_amb Posted on Sunday April 1, 2012, 19:22
I'd like to visit Perfection from Tremors and have a walk around Walter Chang's store. Or maybe have a drink on the Orca and compare scars!
Dr Science Posted on Monday April 2, 2012, 10:36
Kurtz's compound. Bespin Cloud City (with I Am Your Father freefall experience). Jabba's Palace. The Mos Eisley Cantina. Hill Valley Town Square: 1885, 1955, 1985, 2015. The Fortress of Ultimate Darkness. Camelot (tis a silly place). The War Room (no fighting). The Mansion from Eyes Wide Shut (with masked orgy)
Dr Science Posted on Monday April 2, 2012, 10:48
Bond sets: The Volcano lair (You Only Live Twice) Stromberg's underwater lair (The Spy Who Loved Me) Scaramanga's island (The Man With The Golden Gun) Octopussy's island (Octopussy) Drax's Space Station (Moonraker)
sadtwat Posted on Monday April 2, 2012, 14:15
Manfrendshensindshen Posted on Monday April 2, 2012, 16:23
Anything designed by Ken Adam. As well as Tyrell's office, the Fortress of Solitude, Dagobah, the streets of Gotham City (Courtesy of Anton Furst & Bo Welch), the Korova Milk Bar, the Overlook Hotel, The Bank Hotel...
loafroaster Posted on Monday April 2, 2012, 17:27
The Temple of Doom.
denz19 Posted on Monday April 2, 2012, 18:50
Either the Batcave or Serenity :D
Dropje Posted on Monday April 2, 2012, 20:11
the outdoor Gotham City set from Tim Burton's Batman (1989)
jewbitesdog Posted on Tuesday April 3, 2012, 12:53
Overlook thirded. The home of the Tenenbaums seconded. Watched The Black Hole last week, awful film but some nice big sets, especially the bridge of the Cygnus (though lots of the films other sets are bulked up with dodgy composite shots). Also, City of Lost Children was glorious looking, with a lot of beautifully lit physical sets and mattes, rather than the ubiqitous reliance on CGI environments.
And I want The Slaughtered Lamb to be my local.
ZachBobBob Posted on Tuesday April 3, 2012, 13:11
Just..ANYTHING from Star Wars. But just the original trilogy. I like the prequels too, but all their sets were just huge green and blue screens.
klaraviller Posted on Tuesday April 3, 2012, 15:39
RMS Titanic - I might have been slightly inspired by your making-of-feature, but MAN that could be awesome!
shameenk Posted on Tuesday April 3, 2012, 15:56
JURASSIC PARK! The visitor centre would be cool to look around.
livapr99 Posted on Monday April 9, 2012, 11:04
Probably the mini-sets for Corpse Bride, the Curse of the Were-Rabbit and The Pirates!, but for real sets I'd take the Batcave and Bruce Wayne's house (house from Tim Burton's Batman Returns, naturally), the Starship Enterprise's bridge from the updated movie, the ship from 2001: The Space Oddesy and, of course, Bilbo's house from the first Lord of the Rings!
Haveityourwaybaybeee Posted on Wednesday April 11, 2012, 13:37
Back to the future 2 (Or 1 or 3 for that matter). How fantabulous would it be to have an unopenable pepsi the cafe' 80's! A set made in the 80's to predict what we think a cafe' built now to represent the 80's would look like..Great Scott, I've just gone cross-eyed.
Also, Labyrinth is a very good shout. Dark Crystal gets my vote too!
Plus the kid in me still wants to visit the world of Bugsy Malone and splurge my way through Fat Sams Speakeasy. ...that sounds terrible.
lewisb548 Posted on Monday April 16, 2012, 19:53
The set of cabin in the woods I wouldlove to see that cabin and it was such a great movie aswell.