Star Wars Production Returns To The UK
The announcement was made today that production for the new Star Wars: Episode 7 will take place in the UK.
President of LucasFilm, Kathleen Kennedy, made the announcement that production would return to London stating: "We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that." Of course, Kennedy is referring to the fact all 6 previous Star Wars feature films used the UK for at least part of their production, which means that despite new owners, Lucasfilm are creating some sense of continuity with there choice.
The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer broke the news on Twitter, "Just confirmed: The next Star Wars film will be made in the UK. Great news for our creative industries. May the force be with us..."
Osbourne had held extensive meetings with Kennedy and other members of Lucasfilm in London as the two parties negotiated a package that ultimately saw the UK beat out competition from a host of rumored competitors. However, just how stiff the competition was, remains to be seen.
With the rumors of filming locations now put to bed, attention can turn to rather more exciting matters, such as plot lines, casting and whether or not the film will stand any chance of being completed in time for its ambitious 2015 release date!