HILLSBORO, Texas — It was a typical summer day for Austin-based filmmaker Andrew Nesbitt, who made his name by crafting elaborate films for the big screen.
The “The Ranch” is moving into a new building with the help of a small but growing group of backers who are pushing the studio to make its debut in Houston.
Nesbett is the co-founder of the Houston-based company The Studio Group, which was founded in 2015 and is expanding its reach by launching its own production company, The Studio.
The studio’s new studio, which opened this month at the Houston Marriott Marquis, is on the same level as its first location, a former factory that was demolished in 2015.
The studio is a new venture that is developing its own film slate, including a feature film based on Nesditt’s 2013 novel, “The Jungle Book.”
Nesditty, who has not been involved in a film since “The Hunting Ground,” said his team is still trying to find an affordable location for the studio.
He said the studio is working with a handful of investors and is hoping to open in 2018.
The first film in the project will be the adaptation of the book, which follows a group of anthropologists who explore the jungles of Uganda during the 1970s.
The project is based on a novel by the same title by Nesbett, which won the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
“This is a very ambitious project, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Nesbet said.
The Jungle book won a prestigious National Book Award for Young Adult fiction, and it is currently available on Amazon and IndieGoGo.
It also has been picked up by critics including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, and is the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon.
Nasbet said he hopes to make a “huge amount of money” by producing films with his team.
He hopes to use the studio’s $60 million investment in the film to help pay for the initial production costs of the project.
He also hopes to expand the studio and expand into other territories.
“We’ve got a pretty good handle on the logistics and everything that needs to happen, so I think we can do this pretty well,” he said.
“I can tell you right now that I am excited to be working with this group.”
In October, The Jungle Book was nominated for the Hugo Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
The award nominations are part of a series of nominations that honor the best science fiction films, dramas and animated movies in the world.
The Studio Group is not alone in exploring the possibility of making a film in Houston, said Dan Tolan, the cofounder of The Studio’s sister company, Universal Pictures.
There are other studios that have a similar vision.
The New York-based Universal Film Group has released several films in Houston in recent years, including “The Haunting,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Witch.”
“We think it is something that we can be part of,” said Tolan.
“We just need to find a venue.”