Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

JJ 'honours not reveres' Star Wars

JJ Abrams is moving to London to make the new Star Wars film

JJ Abrams has said he will not be in too much awe of the Star Wars franchise when he begins making Episode VII.

He is due to start shooting the newest Star Wars film next year and told a producers' conference of his plans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Star Trek Into Darkness producer said: "It is so massive and so important to people. I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honouring but not revering what came before."

JJ will begin production in London at the start of 2014 and said the move across the pond was insisted upon by Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Speaking of the decision and moving his wife and three children with him, JJ said it "really does make me insane... When you're 13 and 14, it's like 'I don't care what the movie is'."

All of the previous Star Wars films have been made in the UK, but JJ usually shoots in Los Angeles, even covering part of the costs himself sometimes.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due to be released in cinemas in 2015.

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