Cameras will roll! After speculation, rumors, still no real casting, details, plot leaks or anything more sold than we had than we began wildly and rabidly Force-frothing months ago, producer Colin Bunk announced that shooting will begin on Star Wars Episode VII in early 2014.
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. As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different.
JJ Abrams is working on finishing the script with screenwriter Michael Arndt and there have been location scouting teams reported in Scotland and Iceland. I think that’s huge in and of itself. The prequels were too CGI (the prequels were a lot of things, but let’s stay on target). They lost that visceral feel of shooting on location. In Empire, when they’re shooting on Hoth, they’re literally all freezing to death. You can’t replicate that in a studio with a green screen. If they start announcing casting in June or July after the Star Trek Into Darkness fervor has passed, and get rolling in early 2014, they may just be able to meet the summer 2015 target after all.