‘Star Wars Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams Talks Moving To London, Keeping With Tradition

Star Wars: Episode VII will start filming in London this January, and now film director J.J. Abrams is starting to drop hints about the Disney-helmed film.

While his statements were only brief, the film’s director was sure to stoke the flames of interest for Star Wars fans who have long awaited the arrival of new films.

First, Abrams announced that the film will be produced in London, just like the first six films in the franchise. Talking about the overseas jaunt, Abrams proclaims:

“[The move] really does make me insane. We are, most likely, if all goes as planned, going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the ‘Star Wars’ movie.”

Abrams before the move has shot all of his films in Los Angeles. In fact, Abrams personally funded part of Star Trek: Into Darkness just so he could work in Hollywood.

When asked at the Producers Conference to talk about what he sees for the film, Abrams admits that the franchise “is so massive and so important to people. I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honoring but not revering what came before.”

We already know that J.J. Abrams holds a special place in his heart for Star Wars. During a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times, the director admitted that he was more of a Star Wars fan than Star Trek.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know how Star Wars: Episode VII will incorporate characters from the past. We keep hearing about Mark Hammill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) making appearances, but J.J. Abrams is being closed lipped about those facts. What we do know is that he did a great job bringing Leonard Nimoy back into the fold for a Star Trek appearance.

In the meantime, it’s hard not to love the idea of a new Star Wars: Episode VII script being written by Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3”) and Lawrence Kasdan, they guy behind “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Are you excited to see what J.J. Abrams can do with Star Wars: Episode VII?

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