‘Star Wars Episode VII’ News: Disney Wanted ‘DroneShield’ To Avoid Set Leaks

In an effort to avoid the inevitable leaks, Disney looked into a “DroneShield” to protect the Star Wars Episode VII much anticipated production. But even with such precautions, there has been several bits of unauthorized information coming out of the J.J. Abrams movie.

The new installment, which is set 30-years after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, is shrouded in secrecy, up to a certain point at least. In the age of Google maps and social media, it’s very difficult to keep things secret for long, and Abrams is caught trying to not only put out a good quality piece, but worrying about leaks.

After some aerial photos of the Star Wars Episode VII set, showing a partially built Millennium Falcon and an X-Wing, surfaced on Twitter last week, it seems some are going through great lengths to get that exclusive photo of the action. The Inquisitr reported the latest images revealing some additional plot details on Sunday.

Not only do these very clear Star Wars Episode VII images show the legendary Millennium Falcon and X-Wing, but the color of the latter is quite revealing. Traditionally, the X-Wing fighters have orange accents, but in these photos we can see partially covered X-Wings with blue and black accents.

If you remember, we saw the blue X-Wing when J.J. Abrams was promoting his Force for Change campaign.

Star Wars Episode VII X Wing fighter

As the hemorrhage of images keeps coming, seemingly on a weekly basis, and considering the open area that houses the props, Disney is desperately trying to put a stop to videos and photos that could lead to plot details being revealed too soon. Let’s not forget, Star Wars Episode VII will be released on December 18, 2015, so we have a long wait ahead of us.

In their effort to contain leaks, Disney reportedly looked into hiring a company that offered drone protection. According to their website, DroneShield offers protection for several kinds of clients, including those who want to keep paparazzi at bay in outdoor venues, such as the Star Wars Episode VII set.

“Our drone detection and warning system accelerates the apprehension and prosecution of violators through real-time alerts and digital evidence collection. Our clients include executives concerned about paparazzi and harassment, corporations worried about intellectual property loss, prisons detecting contraband smuggling, airports and heliports, and US military and homeland security departments.”

If and when a drone is detected by the shield, it sends an email and SMS out to the appropriate department. It is not clear how the studio would proceed if an intruder were found. In the end, the Star Wars Episode VII production did not go ahead with DroneShield, and the order was never processed as the U.S. government doesn’t allow the product to be shipped overseas.

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