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Star Wars: Episode VII to be filmed in the UK

Star Wars: Episode VII to be filmed in the UK

J.J. Abrams is to direct Star Wars: Episode VII

Lucasfilm has confirmed that the first of the new Star Wars sequels, Star Wars: Episode VII, will be shot and produced in the UK.

In a statement, Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy, said: "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 UK for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that."

The announcement, although a surprise to many, follows a meeting between Lucasfilm and Chancellor George Osborne earlier in the year where talks of a tax break for the film were discussed. Upon the announcement of the news, Osborne took to Twitter, joking: 'May the force be with us...'

Lucasfilm has not confirmed specifically where the new film will be shot but Star Wars fan website Jedinews has speculated that Pinewood studios may be one of the sites. Meanwhile The Sun also reported that scenes would be shot in the Highlands and the Isle of Skye.

Star Wars: Episode VII
Being directed by J.J. Abrams, who has recently seen success with the reboot of Star Trek on the big screen, the new Star Wars film is expected to be released in 2015. It's story will take place some time after the events of the last Star Wars film, Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, and is expected to follow the development of Luke Skywalker as the galaxy rebuilds after the collapse of the empire.

On board to write the film is Oscar-winning writer, Michael Ardnt, who has previously worked on the likes of Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story and the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Disney, who bought Lucasfilm and Lucasarts (which it subsequently closed) from George Lucas back in October 2012, has committed to creating three new Star Wars films, though no anticipated release dates have been pinned to episodes VIII and IX.

Star Wars Games
On the Star Wars gaming side of things, it was also revealed recently that EA has won near-exclusive game-creation rights to the franchise. Only mobile and social gaming rights have been left open for other parties. No games from the new deal have yet been announced though it's expected that EA-owned BioWare will be allowed to continue producing role-playing games set in the Star Wars universe, as follow-ups to its existing Knights of the Old Republic titles.

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Nexxo 11th May 2013, 13:45 Quote
"Star Wars is coming home..." :p
Aterius Gmork 11th May 2013, 13:48 Quote
So Abrams gets to run another SF franchise into the ground? Oh wait...
Nexxo 11th May 2013, 14:10 Quote
There will be lens flare. Lots of lens flare.
DriftCarl 11th May 2013, 14:55 Quote
I just think its a bit of a contradiction to have JJ Abrams directing both star trek and star wars, to me they are big rival franchises. I think Joss Whedon would have been better for Star Wars and think he would have injected a nice piece of uniqueness to it. As I see it, episode 7 is not going to give us any surprises, he is going to play it very safe with the aim of maximizing audiences and just getting them past the satisfaction level to justify another movie after.
Corky42 11th May 2013, 15:10 Quote
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The announcement, although a surprise to many, follows a meeting between Lucasfilm and Chancellor George Osborne earlier in the year where talks of a tax break for the film were discussed.

Why on earth are the same tax breaks not applied to all the film industries ?
Tangster 11th May 2013, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
I just think its a bit of a contradiction to have JJ Abrams directing both star trek and star wars, to me they are big rival franchises. I think Joss Whedon would have been better for Star Wars and think he would have injected a nice piece of uniqueness to it. As I see it, episode 7 is not going to give us any surprises, he is going to play it very safe with the aim of maximizing audiences and just getting them past the satisfaction level to justify another movie after.

I don't see this as a bad thing, I'd rather have a satisfying and competent franchise and a risky, edgy film that nosedives into failure. I'm kinda hoping for the Solo twins to be in it. Gemma Arterton would make a great Jaina Solo imo.
Reputator 11th May 2013, 16:25 Quote
Filmed in UK.

Theme parks in Florida.
Jimbob 11th May 2013, 18:14 Quote
" Why on earth are the same tax breaks not applied to all the film industries ?"

They are.
Neogumbercules 11th May 2013, 18:41 Quote
Let's just all rejoice in the fact that George Lucas won't touch any of these films.

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Farting Bob 11th May 2013, 18:44 Quote
Shotgun as an extra. I'll bring my own stormtrooper mask.
erratum1 11th May 2013, 18:59 Quote
It's good that when Disney were looking at why the originals were so successful part of that was down to them being made here.

Not that it has niche to do with me but the fact the finest technicians are regarded as being here is great for our film industry.
Corky42 11th May 2013, 19:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jimbob
They are.

Then why was a special meeting needed with the chancellor of the exchequer earlier in the year where talks of a tax break for the film were discussed.
rollo 11th May 2013, 21:24 Quote
They were discussing tax breaks for the film industry as a whole not for 1 film.
liratheal 11th May 2013, 22:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Reputator
Filmed in UK.

Theme parks in Florida.

The level of water falling on the ride will mimic, accurately, British summer time.
Ending Credits 11th May 2013, 23:45 Quote
Pinewood is only about 15 minutes away from home, so hoping it does come back to there.
Corky42 12th May 2013, 08:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
They were discussing tax breaks for the film industry as a whole not for 1 film.

Ahhh that's good to know, the article makes it seem like it was just the one film, when it said "tax break for the film were discussed" or am i the only one that interpreted it like that
MSHunter 12th May 2013, 16:14 Quote
hmm more tax breaks for the rich....... well done. Just what the failing poor World companies need, like AOL Time Warner and Disney, more tax breaks.
TheBlackSwordsMan 12th May 2013, 16:30 Quote
You don't have any Idea how it please me to know that Lucas won't be in charge anymore :-) Go back to your ranch Georgi.
Atomic 12th May 2013, 17:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by MSHunter
hmm more tax breaks for the rich....... well done. Just what the failing poor World companies need, like AOL Time Warner and Disney, more tax breaks.
It's designed to encourage the film business to the UK, we need to build up a reputation for being able to produce blockbusters here as we cannot reply on traditional manufacturing industries anymore... the UK gets no money at all if it's filmed in NZ or the US like other big scale productions are.

With the Gov providing some tax relief it's going to bring huge amounts of money into the UK as the film is going to be spending huge amounts of money in the UK on the other things needed for production, like studios, catering, transport, logistics, extras, etc. This is money that's going to be paid to UK businesses and in turn wages to people. In this climate the more people with an income the better IMO!

Those people are still going to be paying income tax and anything they buy in the UK will be subject to VAT so it's not like they are not paying any tax at all.
SirFur 12th May 2013, 22:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Atomic
It's designed to encourage the film business to the UK, we need to build up a reputation for being able to produce blockbusters here as we cannot reply on traditional manufacturing industries anymore... the UK gets no money at all if it's filmed in NZ or the US like other big scale productions are.

With the Gov providing some tax relief it's going to bring huge amounts of money into the UK as the film is going to be spending huge amounts of money in the UK on the other things needed for production, like studios, catering, transport, logistics, extras, etc. This is money that's going to be paid to UK businesses and in turn wages to people. In this climate the more people with an income the better IMO!

Those people are still going to be paying income tax and anything they buy in the UK will be subject to VAT so it's not like they are not paying any tax at all.

+1
Speed 13th May 2013, 01:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
I just think its a bit of a contradiction to have JJ Abrams directing both star trek and star wars, to me they are big rival franchises. I think Joss Whedon would have been better for Star Wars and think he would have injected a nice piece of uniqueness to it. As I see it, episode 7 is not going to give us any surprises, he is going to play it very safe with the aim of maximizing audiences and just getting them past the satisfaction level to justify another movie after.

I agree, unfortunately with the success of Avengers I'm guessing he is pretty "popular" with studios at the moment. No doubt his schedule is booked solid for a few years. With any luck he'll do one.... a man can dream anyways!
Phil Rhodes 13th May 2013, 11:57 Quote
Don't get too excited.

It'll employ a couple of hundred people for three or four months. It's not going to fix the economy overnight.

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Corky42 13th May 2013, 12:38 Quote
But it will be so cool to see the Millenium falcon flying over London ;)
Atomic 13th May 2013, 13:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
It'll employ a couple of hundred people for three or four months. It's not going to fix the economy overnight.
It'll employ more than that as the tax relief requires that at least 25% of the total production expenditure takes place in the UK. A lot of the employment will not be direct (actors directors etc), but will be through UK based services provided to the production.

Relief can then be claimed on production expenditure in the UK, up to a maximum of 80% of the total budget - this is only 80% of the tax paid on the expenditure.

It's not going to fix the economy but the policy has already made the UK a more attractive place for the film industry, the UK film industry is doing very well and has already pulled in international big block busters. Les Mis as a recent example was filmed in the old Chatham Docks!
Bhuvsta 14th May 2013, 10:44 Quote
If its being filmed in the UK does that mean its only going to be filled with bad guys?
Phil Rhodes 14th May 2013, 11:39 Quote
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the UK film industry is doing very well

'fraid not.

Go and look at what's on at your local Odeon, Vue, or whatever. Count, over say a year, how many of the films shown there are of UK origin, by which I mean made here and with the profits not going back to Hollywood.

Usually there's one or two. Per year. That's not "doing very well", that's "getting absolutely steamrollered." This fantasy idea that we in any way have an operating film industry is simply not the case.
LightningPete 18th May 2013, 14:47 Quote
Hopefully does something with a decent storyline. Like clone wars the cartoons did. We want epic battles shown between splinter groups of empire and.rebels and collapses in the senate. Big storylines and luke having to actually fight his way to survive. Leave it opening to the next two rather than luke actually doing anything great. Keep us on edge and on side

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