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Old 11-05-2013, 10:05
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Episode VII to be filmed in the UK;

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The latest Star Wars film is to be made in the UK, producer Lucasfilm has said.

The seventh movie in the sci-fi series is due to start production next year and is scheduled for release in 2015.

Filming on previous Star Wars also took place in Britain at studios including Elstree, Shepperton and Leavesden.

Chancellor George Osborne met executives from Disney-owned Lucasfilm in London earlier this year to discuss the plans and the production is thought to be eligible for a tax break.

In a statement, Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, said: "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 utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that."

The company said representatives from Lucasfilm met with Mr Osborne "to establish an agreement to produce Star Wars in the UK".

Mr Osborne said: "Today's announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries, and it is clear evidence that our incentives are attracting the largest studios back to the UK.

"I am personally committed to seeing more great films and television made in Britain."

In recent years hundreds of films have benefitted from tax relief, which require that at least 25% of the total production expenditure takes place in the UK.

Relief can be claimed on production expenditure in the UK, up to a maximum of 80% of the total budget.

Series revived

Disney announced it would be making three new Star Wars films after it purchased Lucasfilm, the company started by Star Wars creator George Lucas, in October 2012.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by JJ Abrams, from a script by Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt.

The six films in the series have grossed more than £2.8bn ($4.4bn) at the worldwide box office.

Pinewood and Ealing studios were also used for production of previous Star Wars films.

The 1977 original, the Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983 were shot at UK studios, as well as on location across the world.

The series was revived in 1999 for three prequels. Studio production on the Phantom Menace took place at Leavesden studios in Hertfordshire, with Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith filmed in both the UK and Australia.

Lucasfilm has not confirmed where the new film would be made but Star Wars fans website Jedinews has speculated that Pinewood studios may be one of the sites.

Earlier this month, the Sun newspaper also reported that scenes would be shot in the Highlands and the Isle of Skye.
John Williams to score the movie.

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After much speculation about who will compose the new Star Wars soundtracks (the first film is due in 2015), director JJ Abrams has confirmed that he believes John Williams will be on scoring duty.

Speaking at press conference in Berlin for the new Star Trek sequel, Abrams was asked if his regular composer of choice Michael Giacchino was on board to do Star Wars as well. He replied: "For Star Wars , it's very early days to know, but I believe going forward that John Williams will be doing that film because apparently he was there long before I was."

He also paid tribute to Michael Giacchino's ongoing work on his films, describing him as "an incredible composer… he is brilliant."

Star Wars expert and contributor to Jedi News James Burns commented on the news: "We’re delighted that they’re going back to John Williams for Episode VII. His music plays a pivotal role in the events of all Star Wars films and we think it would be very daunting for anybody else to step into his shoes."

Speculating on what a new Williams-composed soundtrack would sound like, Burns continued: "We think we’ll hear cues from the original films as well as new motifs for new characters. I think Williams will come to this afresh as there’s no expectation of what the story will be; we all knew that Episode III had to end with a fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan on a lava planet. Episode VII is different in that we don’t know what to expect and this gives Williams the opportunity to take the score in any direction he’d like."

The confirmation from Abrams effectively ends months of speculation about who would compose the music for the new Star Wars films. In recent months emerged that Hans Zimmer was to compose the music for the new Superman movie, Man Of Steel , rather than John Williams, who wrote the score for the 1978 original.
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:17
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It's nice that it is being filmed at Pinewood, but let's not forget it's financial reasons more than loyalty

Plus we won't have those huge sets and models from the old days, just large, empty stages full of green backgrounds, and people with suits with dots on them running around, and probably lots of geeky guys sitting in little rooms on computers.

Somehow does not quite have the same magic about it...
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:21
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No that's true, and it's entirely down to the tax breaks on offer, but still, I'd rather it be shot here than not.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:03
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It also means that a lot of the minor characters will be played by British actors, much like the OT.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:04
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It also means that a lot of the minor characters will be played by British actors, much like the OT.
Thats the villians sorted then!
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:29
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I think all this Star Wars stuff is designed to deflect or ride on Star Trek this week. .. why now?


Anyway. the trouble is I have a feeling its going to be like JJ Trek. Loads of special effect and explosions... wait thats all Star Wars ever was. Lights for kids.
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:43
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I think all this Star Wars stuff is designed to deflect or ride on Star Trek this week. .. why now?


Anyway. the trouble is I have a feeling its going to be like JJ Trek. Loads of special effect and explosions... wait thats all Star Wars ever was. Lights for kids.
JJ is a Star Wars fan, he wasn't a Trek fan. He's likely to be more faithful the original Star Wars films...
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Old 11-05-2013, 13:19
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Lemmie guess greenscreen rubbish?

Have the SW creators learned nothing?? SHOOT IT ON SET IN TUNISIA FFS! Like the originals! Get some bloody heart and soul back into the films!
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Old 11-05-2013, 15:16
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JJ is a Star Wars fan, he wasn't a Trek fan. He's likely to be more faithful the original Star Wars films...
you wanna bet. he likes being different. In a recent interview he said he will approach Wars like Trek - "with a different angle".

Trouble with Wars is the last 3 films were utter turd - building money from a trilogy left in nostalgia.

Its like the Matrix or Back to the Future - leave it at three.
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Old 11-05-2013, 15:19
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Lemmie guess greenscreen rubbish?

Have the SW creators learned nothing?? SHOOT IT ON SET IN TUNISIA FFS! Like the originals! Get some bloody heart and soul back into the films!
What, you want all the new fils to be set on Tattoine? The Phantom Menace was widely shot in Tunisia and it sucked balls.

There needs to be balance, a certain amount of location work and a certain amount of CGI, a certain amount of physical models and a certain amount of CG ones, Abrams will be well aware of this, and I'm sure he'll strike the right balance.
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Old 11-05-2013, 16:34
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In a recent interview he said he will approach Wars like Trek - "with a different angle".
Different as in 'glossy 'hip' young cast in tight-fitting outfits with a few old-timers making glorified cameos?'

Get ready for Star Wars 90210 from JJ 'down with the kids' Abrams.
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