Thursday, November 27, 2014
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J.J. Abrams hints about 'Star Wars VII'

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  • On Saturday, director J.J. Abrams said production on the seventh Star Wars film will begin early next year in London.
  • He reportedly declined to say if the story will be pulled from any of the many Star Wars novels.
  • Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have all expressed interest in returning for Star Wars 7.

"Do or do not. There is no try," Yoda famously scolded Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back.

More and more, it's apparent third Star Wars trilogy is moving into the "do" phase.

On Saturday, director J.J. Abrams said production on the seventh Star Wars film will begin early next year in London, and he'll be moving his family there by year's end.

Not that he leaked any details about script or plot. He reportedly declined to say if the story will be pulled from any of the many Star Wars novels.

Script-writing duties were assigned back in November to Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine and won nominated for Toy Story 3. Like Abrams a huge Star Wars fan, he's hinted he cares less about consistency with the previous films (especially the disappointing prequels) than in creating a film moviegoers will love.

"I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honoring but not revering what came before," Abrams, director of the two recent Star Trek reboots as well as TV's Lost, said Saturday.

The original trilogy's stars -- Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher -- have all expressed interest in returning for Star Wars 7, according to reports.

In October, Disney announced it bought LucasFilm and the rights to the Star Wars franchise, with hopes of releasing the seventh Star Wars film in 2015.

In November, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said fans could expect installments of the new trilogy in 2015, 2017 and 2019, with spinoff movies in 2016 and 2018.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

 

 

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