Production for the new Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode VII, will begin in the beginning of 2014 for a summer 2015 release date.
Director JJ Abrams confirmed that they will be moving to London to film the Star Wars films – as it was set to film in the UK before he signed onto the film. He would prefer to film in LA because overseas shooting “drives me insane.”
Abrams spoke of the challenges to filming a Star Wars film, “I think that the thing is so big and so massive to so many people that the key to moving forward is honoring but not revering what went before.”
He did not discuss whether he was going to include the Expanded Universe (comics, cartoons, books, etc), but he did comment on George Lucas‘ future plans after selling LucasFilms to Disney. He said, “George Lucas has spoken for years about wanting to make those smaller, more experimental films and I hope he does because I’d really like to see them.”
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by JJ Abrams and written by Michael Arndt. It is set to release summer of 2015.