Little by little, we’re learning more about the new installment of ‘Star Wars’ from J.J. Abrams. While the filmmaker is still incredibly busy with things like residual ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ controversy, Rod Sterling’s final screenplay, or the various television projects that he has in the works, he revealed at the Produced By Conference that he’s about to kick it into full on ‘Episode VII’ mode, starting with a move across the pond.
Abrams has been known to primarily work in Los Angeles, but Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced recently that the first adventure in a galaxy far, far away under the Disney regime would be shot in London just like the other ‘Star Wars’ films in the saga, so the film’s director is left with no choice other than to make the move for a little while. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he revealed that “most likely, if all goes as planned, going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the ‘Star Wars’ movie.”
Despite the huge inconvenience for his wife and kids, and the fact that the move “really does make [him] insane”, Abrams is very committed to making this film properly. Without giving anything away (or talking about it in any way really), the Bad Robot bigwig shared more plans for his upcoming film after declining to comments on questions regarding the franchise’s expanded universe novels:
“It is so massive and so important to people. I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honoring but not revering what came before.”
The fact that he’s willing to uproot his whole life and break from his usual and most comfortable process of staying in LA for filming really shows off one way he honors the material that he’s being entrusted with. Hopefully he continues to stay as dedicated to doing what needs to be done in order for this first film in a new trilogy to be done right.
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is currently scheduled for a 2015 release.