It’s been exciting times for Star Wars fans, what with Disney acquiring Lucasfilm and shortly after announcing plans for Episode 7 which was given a 2015 potential release date.
Michael Arndt was brought in to write the script and J.J. Abrams was secured to direct the blockbuster. Then it got even better when we heard that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford would be resuming their roles as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo.
So the latest news from the Star Wars Episode 7 camp has come from producer Bryan Burk, who has said that he believes that filming is likely to begin at the start of 2014. If Disney is going to keep its promise of a 2015 release, production of the eagerly anticipated movie will have to begin sooner rather than later.
Burk is also the producer on Abrams’ latest movie, Star Trek Into Darkness and whilst promoting the movie, he obviously had to deal with some questions about Star Wars Episode 7. Whilst he was obviously tight-lipped about a lot of the goings on, he did say that he expected filming to commence at the beginning of next year.
Burk said, “We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues.”
At the moment Arndt and Abrams are focused on perfecting the script and ensuring that it lives up to the legacy of the other movies in the Star Wars saga. Once the script is finalized they will decide on a location and filming will commence.
Burk was also asked if he was surprised by the intense interest that Star Wars Episode 7 has generated, to which he said, “I mean, it’s Star Wars. It’s something that obviously has successfully been handed down from generation to generation in the last 40 years. If I weren’t working on the project, I’d have the same interest as everyone else because it’s something that I, too, am looking forward to seeing where the franchise goes next.”