The first standalone STAR WARS movie will be filmed at the same location that EPISODE VII is currently being made – Pinewood Studios.
And who disclosed this decision? Lucasfilm maybe? Disney perhaps? Kathleen Kennedy? Nope, it was, in fact, Chancellor George Osborne whilst visiting the set of Episode VII yesterday. He posted the announcement on his Twitter account along with a photo...
Osborne also issued the following statement: “Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the STAR WARS standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain. This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, from the set designers to the carpenters.”
“As Chancellor I have been determined that we back our brilliant creative industries which is why we have invested in skills and training as well as providing tax relief for films, high-end TV, animation, video games and regional theatre,” he added. “‘The further changes the government made to the film tax relief at Budget 2014 will support our highly skilled, innovative creative sectors so that they continue to thrive and encourage more films to be made in the UK.”
Gareth Edwards will direct the first standalone STAR WARS movie, fresh from his box office stomping hit Godzilla, which despite the negativity seems on target to make a healthy profit.
Gary Whitta (THE WALKING DEAD) has been hired for scriptwriting duties but the film itself will not be directly related to the new trilogy. Rumours have suggested that the standalone movies, of which there will be at least three, will focus on characters like Boba Fett and Yoda.
Disney intends to release a new STAR WARS related movie every year starting with EPISODE VII on December 18th, 2015. Christmas presents don’t get much better than that for STAR WARS fans!
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