So now that pre-production is officially under way in the UK at Pinewood Shepperton’s Pinewood Studios outside of London, when exactly does Episode VII begin production? The following is what we know so far. Producer Bryan Burk told Collider: “We’re … Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Production Start Date

STARWARSEXCLUSIVESo now that pre-production is officially under way in the UK at Pinewood Shepperton’s Pinewood Studios outside of London, when exactly does Episode VII begin production? The following is what we know so far.

Producer Bryan Burk told Collider:

“We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year,” says Burk, “and the location is still kind of floating around in the air, all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues. As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different.”

JJ Abrams revealed at the Produced By conference that production on Star Wars Episode VII is set to start right at the beginning of 2014.

“Most likely we are going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie,”

Well, we now know the actual start date of principal photography. According to sources, we found out the following….

First day of principal photography is January 21st 2014.

Wait a minute. That date falls on a Tuesday. Why not start on Monday the 20th? Well, because the 20th is holiday, Martin Luther King Day.

But that is not all. Speaking of dates, we are also hearing that the Disney/Lucasfilm are so far behind schedule that Episode VII will in fact be released around Christmas 2015 as originally reported by Devin Faraci over at BadAssDigest.

Star Wars: Episode VII, scheduled for a 2015 release per Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, will be directed by J.J. Abrams. Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.


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  • sabre777

    Is anyone else thinking that Christmas 2015 is a guess…what will likely occur is May 2016, just like all previous SW. Where does that leave Episode 8 if Ep 7 comes out in 2016?

  • SunnyRivers

    sigue con el fuego!!!

  • Momotaros KP

    Moving it to Dec is stupid. Is DIsney saying Pirate 5 deserves to be in the summer over Star Wars?

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  • Chris Groves

    Episode 8 will be able to come together quicker than Episode 7. Even if it is December 2015 for Episode 7, they WILL get it out in 2015. Because as long as they get it out in 2015…they can make a May 2017 release for Episode 8.

    I would bet that Episode 7 opens on Friday, December 18th, 2015 and that Episode 8 will open on Thursday, May 25th, 2017…as that is the 40th anniversary(to the day) of the release of the original Star Wars film. They know Ep 7 will be huge, so they will likely start pre-production on Episode 8 while Ep 7 is still in post.

    And let’s not forget that they intend to have a Star Wars movie out every year starting in 2015, alternating between Episodes and spin-offs. So we get Episode 7 in 2015, a spin-off in 2016, Episode 8 in 2017, etc etc.

  • Chris Groves

    Moving to December is stupid? They have The Avengers: Age of Ultron opening in May, Pixar’s Inside Out in June, and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 in July. Why crowd ANY of those movies with Star Wars?

    You know what OTHER two blockbusters opened in December? Oh, just Titanic and Avatar…no big deal, only the two highest grossing films of all time…

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  • TJW

    Casting news has to be coming soon got damn

  • thatpj

    Definitely gonna hit in 2015 with that date! Question is summer or winter release now.

  • Conspiracyin559

    I’m thinking Xmas 15 is OPTIMISTIC…as evidently they still don’t have a finished script.

    I’m with you…May 2016. Like Martini and Rossi used to say…We Sell No Star Wars Before its Time.

  • ManaByte

    Star Trek Into Darkness started shooting on January 12, 2012 and made its release date on May 17, 2013. Why would Star Wars be delayed to a crowded Christmas release with the EXACT SAME shooting schedule as JJ’s previous film? The crowded Christmas 2015 schedule along with the reality that they’re following the same exact shooting schedule as JJ’s last movie, makes the Christmas rumor make zero sense. Especially since May 2015 is wide open for the release.

  • Shallbecomeabat

    I hope they push the release date back a year. 2015 is too packed already and I don’t know if thats a good thing for the industry.

  • ManaByte

    Avengers is the ONLY major movie opening in May. December has two animated movies (including Kung Fu Panda 3 on Christmas), and the new Tom Hanks Dan Brown movie. There is NO competition for Star Wars in mid-May, but a lot of family competition at Christmas.

  • WalterNeff

    How is that a holiday in London?

  • Cataract

    I know, right? GET YOUR OWN DAMN HOLIDAYS, UK!

  • alfredodedarc

    Considering how late Abrams delivered the Star Trek movies- because he is tied up with too many other projects, look for May of 2016 soonest, perhaps December. Remember, Paramount has forced him to commit to May 2016 for the next Star Trek movie and there is no way that will happen even if they start production tomorrow. Add to this new and existing TV series and his commitment to produce Mission Impossible 5… qwell, you get the idea.
    Abrams is a terrible choice if a studio wants something on a timely basis.

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  • Lemming

    It isn’t which is why I feel like this is either bogus, or just wild speculation and they are starting on tuesday just because.

  • Beck Alexander

    I think this is total bogus! Until we get either an official confirmation or denial I personally am holding to what they have already us-that it will be released in MAY 2015. There really is no solid evidence to support the December rumor. Star Wars OWNS May!!

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  • MovieSquad

    Maybe he needs a few extra months on Star Wars to trim all the crap out that was left in, in STID.

  • HarryKnowlesFan

    Most of the crew are yanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • MarvelousStudios

    More false reports… perhaps it’s time to research what the term ‘credibility’ actually means.

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  • Nick

    Why would disney put to of their biggest name movie side by side, to bump heads? I think it will do way much better in dec than it would in may

  • jmac

    Star Wars=May. I say move it to 2016.

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  • adam

    ypu would rather wait AN ADDITIONAL YEAR than not have it at the exact same time of the year as the others yousir are a fucking retard i want THIS out ASAP

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  • surethom

    Cant wait for first teaser trailer, hopefully by the end of 2014????? or very early 2015.

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  • Steve Croft

    Why would it matter if it moves to December? So what if it makes 2.105 billion instead of 2.106 billion. I mean seriously, Episode 7 is going to make *bank*. You could build a time machine and release it in 36 BC and people would find a way to time travel back and STILL make it majorly succesful.

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  • jamthemaj

    Who give a crap if it’s May or December?! I hope it comes out in December so that there’s far less competition. That way it will make even more of a killing in the box office, especially if it’s as amazing as I think it’ll be!

  • jamthemaj

    It’s an American production, goober! :D

  • jamthemaj

    I can’t wait for Episode VII, and I’m all for a December release.

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  • Chris Groves

    It makes no sense to have the two most anticipated sequels of all time, coming from the same studio, open in the same month.

    Lets say Avengers: Age of Ultron is as perfect as can be and has 0 competition…on a scale of 1-10, it will reach it’s maximum box office potential of 10. No competition, amazing movie, all the hype on the world…it will reach it’s full, maximum potential.

    If you have Star Was Episode 7 opening even 3 weeks later, the Avengers gross potential goes from 10 to maybe and 8 or 9. It would still be MASSIVE, but Disney is all about squeaking out every penny possible from every product, they don’t need to open 3 massive tent-poles in 1.5 months. Especially when December would be such easy-pickings for Star Wars.

    In December Star Wars would wipe the floor with any of those animated films or the Dan Brown sequel. In fact, if they announced the December release for Star Wars…a few of those movies would probably move.

  • ManaByte

    Lucasfilm is planning Star Wars Celebration VII to hype up the movie. The convention is in APRIL. They aren’t holding the convention in APRIL to hype up a movie coming out in DECEMBER.

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  • Chris Groves

    Star Wars Celebration VII in April sounds like a great place to debut the first trailer(and ‘kick off’ an extended, unprecedented marketing campaign)…which would then be shown theatrically in front of The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st. Sounds perfect to me.

    I’ll be sure to eat crow if I’m wrong…until then, all I’ll say is: December 18th, 2015.

  • simhedges

    Didn’t know Martin Luther King Day was a holiday in the UK…

  • Steve Dillard

    Star wars movies MUST stay on course with a May Release!! You don’t break the chain. It’s just bad luck…in my book. I see that others agree from what they have posted. It didn’t take me reading them to see right away that a Christmas 2015 release is just wrong!!! haha. I’d bet 5.00 that the date will be changed. I, myself think that they should tell people what the story is about so that us TRUE FANS could give ideas that would make it possibly better….but JJ is handling it,so I’m not too worried. He is awesome and I think he will do it justice. I already LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the idea of it being filmed in the traditional 35mm to give it the look of the original. Can’t wait to see it!!

  • mel

    In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.

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  • yup

    Rewatched STID recently. Did not hold up so good.

  • Benja

    I don’t care when it comes out. Just take your time with it. JJ’s Star Trek Into Darkness was visually stunning, so I’m not worried about that. Just make sure the story is right. TAKE YOUR TIME!

  • Steve Dillard

    Finally, someone posting something that makes perfect sense!!! But, is it Lucasfilm or Disney? Disney buys this, Fox owns that…it has me all confused….hahaha

  • Steve Dillard

    Star Wars is a May release…always has been…and always should be!! Just saying….but, you have a great point!!

  • Steve Dillard

    I’m sure the writers are working overtime. They will hopefully be much better than 1, 2 & 3. They will probably make them all together like the Lord of the Rings…the actors aren’t getting any younger…haha

  • Chris Groves

    Well, if you go way back in the histories…the original Star Wars was initially planned for a December 1976 release.

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  • Chris Groves

    Well…now we know who was right :D

  • Chris Groves

    May release, huh?

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