So now that pre-production is officially under way in the UK at Pinewood Shepperton's Pinewood Studios outside of London, when exactly does Episode VII begin production? The following is what we know so far. Producer Bryan Burk told Collider:
“We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year,” says Burk, “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 revealed at the Produced By conference that production on Star Wars Episode VII is set to start right at the beginning of 2014.
“Most likely we are going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie,”
Well, we now know the actual start date of principal photography. According to sources, we found out the following....
First day of principal photography is January 21st 2014.
Wait a minute. That date falls on a Tuesday. Why not start on Monday the 20th? Well, because the 20th is holiday, Martin Luther King Day.
But that is not all. Speaking of dates, we are also hearing that the Disney/Lucasfilm are so far behind schedule that Episode VII will in fact be released around Christmas 2015 as originally reported by Devin Faraci over at BadAssDigest.
Star Wars: Episode VII, scheduled for a 2015 release per Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, will be directed by J.J. Abrams. Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.