Star Wars: Episode VII Update

Star Wars: Episode VII Update

With Star Trek: Into Darkness having been released, JJ Abrams will be moving from franchise to franchise with Star Wars: Episode VII next on his directing slate. Pre-production on the new Star Wars film is well underway though there have been few announcements to date. We know that Michael Arndt is writing the screenplay and Lucasfilm have just released a new piece of the puzzle. Kathleen Kennedy the president of Lucasfilm released the following statement;

We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the U.K. for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that.”

Star Wars: Episode VII will be filmed in the U.K.

This comes as little surprise, not only given the previous connections with the Star Wars franchise and the U.K. but also the fact that Kathleen Kennedy has been involved in several other non-Star Wars productions which filmed there including Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Empire of the Sun.

Coupled with the news of filming in the UK is the fact that Industrial Light and Magic, the special effects company to be working on the Star Wars films intend to open up a new production facility also based in the U.K.

With Episode VII merely being the beginnings of a new trilogy, and several spinoff films rumoured to be happening, it looks like Star Wars might be making the U.K. its home away from home for the foreseeable future.

Anyone else disappointed they didn’t come back to Australia?

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.