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?