Production in the UK and Star Wars
kind of go together like C-3PO and R2-D2 or Han and Chewie – you very rarely have the one without the other and when they’re not together, you can feel that something is missing. That is why is comes as a shock to find out that Episode VII
director, JJ Abrams was reluctant to film in the UK. However, he has not always had this attitude towards the UK.
Abrams recently spoke to Total Film
about why he had reservations about relocating to London for the duration of filming. While he did say that “[filming in London is] something that I’ve always intended to do,” he revealed that there was a major factor that caused him to feel “torn” at being able to live out that dream: his family.
He described the fact that being given the opportunity to work with UK crews has “always been a dream of mine… the reality of making a movie like that for any period of time becomes much more difficult when there are other people that you desperately love and care for involved."
The separation is being made a little easier in the current building of new post-production offices for his production company, Bad Robot, in LA. These new state-of-the-art facilities will enable Abrams to complete work on the film back in Los Angeles though he will still be heading to London in early 2014 for filming.
Star Wars Episode VII
is set to be released December 2015.