One of the hottest topics in Hollywood right now is the production of the latest installation in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII. Earlier this month, Walt Disney Chairman Alan Horn revealed that filming on the sci-fi adventure had already begun and dropped a few details as to what fans can expect from the new film. Now, in an interview with Jon Erlichman at Bloomberg, Horn talks casting, filming, and release dates.
The Disney chairman revealed that casting is almost complete; however, they are not ready to announce their plans to the world. The good news is, he did say that they will be ready very shortly.
He also said that while filming has begun on location in Abu Dhabi, they have not yet began shooting the main portion of the film as of yet.
“We did some second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places because we have all these locations we have to film, and we have to give it that “Star Wars-y Look.”” Horn told Erlichman. “So we need to go to different places that give us the right look and feel, and we did have second unit work shooting already, but we haven’t commenced the main part of principle photography yet.”
The film will primarily be shot at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom with other locations like Abu Dhabi being used for various scenes.
Now, as some of you may already have noticed, this particular Star Wars film has strayed away from tradition. Star Wars movies are generally released in the month of May; however, Episode VII is being released in the month of December. The reason for this is simple, the film wasn’t ready in time, so the date had to be moved.
When asked, Horn did not rule out the possibility of reverting back to tradition when the next film is released; however, he did say that it would depend on the readiness of each film.
“We may revert to that at some point,” he told Erlichman. “It depends on the readiness of the screenplays and where we are, but this first one will be December 18th of 2015. So, we’ll start with that and we’ll see.”
I guess the writers are going to have to get cracking if they want to have everything ready in time for the studio to revert back to tradition and have the next film ready for a May release date.
Here is a look at the interview between Disney Chairman Alan Horn and Jon Erlichman of Bloomberg.
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.