LucasFilm's Kathleen Kennedy Confirms Star Wars: Episode VII is 3 Weeks From Completion
Filming on JJ Abrams' Star Wars Episode VII is just 3 weeks away from completion according to LucasFilm's President, Kathleen Kennedy. Kennedy was speaking at the opening of Industrial Light and Magic's new London visual effects studio when she revealed that completion of filming was less than one month away. Kennedy also revealed that there was a high likelihood that future Star Wars titles will be shot in the city.
"This continues a long tradition of Star Wars movies being made in London," said Kennedy. "It goes back to 1976, and to know that we are now coming back and we will be making the movies once again based out of Pinewood, and now we're looking to put together this studio, it's rather remarkable that this has all come together in less than two years."
Pinewood-Shepperton studios has finally announced that a significant expansion of its facilities will begin in early 2015. The studio has been home to Star Wars ever since Episode IV and many purists believe that is the way it should remain. The studio has also played host to filming on a host of other legendary franchises including James Bond, Harry Potter and the Hobbit.
The news that filming is almost complete will be music to the ears of Star Wars fans everywhere. After JJ Abrams and co. opted to push the movie's release date back, many feared that Episode VII could become embroiled in production hell, especially after the highly-anticipated casting announcements took longer than expected to be announced. Thankfully, there was no need to panic.
Episode VII will now begin its extensive post-production treatment and editing schedule, during which special effects are layered over what we all hope will be a large amount of physical effects. Legendary composer John Williams announced earlier this month that he was getting ready to start his work on the film. It's all getting very, very real!