With production already underway on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios, it should come as no surprise that more Star Wars films would be shot there. George Osborne, England’s Chancellor of the Exchequer & MP for Tatton, has confirmed that Pinewood will be the home of at least one additional Star Wars film:
“With #StarWars director J.J Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy, talking to a key cast member.. “
Osborne also issued a 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.”
If this is the first standalone Star Wars film, it will release on December 16th, 2016, a year after Star Wars: Episode VII opens worldwide on December 18th, 2015.
It will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli).