Missed this from last week:
As county officials and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo haggle over how best to make use of the Houston Astrodome, a new group has emerged with a novel idea. They want to turn the 8th Wonder of the World into a world-class movie studio.
"It's absolutely the least amount of change to this historical structure that you could possibly do and give it a new lease on life," said film and TV veteran Cynthia Neely. "Texas really needs a large-scale production facility, and I mean large, to be competitive."
The idea to convert the Astrodome is similar to one in Austin where the city helped turn the old Mueller Airport hangers into a cutting edge studio. Filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez filmed portions of "Grindhouse" at the Austin studio.