Pinewood Nabs “Star Wars: Episode VIII”

It’s no real surprise, but the Rian Johnson-directed second instalment in the new “Star Wars” trilogy is officially set to shoot at Pinewood Studios in the UK.

Pinewood Shepperton CEO Ivan Dunleavy revealed the news today during a CBI Conference speech, confirming Pinewood will remain the home of the franchise a week after principal photography wrapped on J.J. Abrams’ “Stars Wars: The Force Awakens” at the studio.

Dunleavy said on stage: “I’m delighted to be able to tell you that a new Star Wars movie is already booked in. R2D2 was built in the UK 37 years ago. Since then he’s spent a lot of his life in foreign studios. But now he’s back home. The seventh Star Wars movie just finished shooting – at Pinewood. If we want to keep R2D2 and his friends here, then we need to see sustained government action to keep UK film a thriving and fast-growing industry, an industry to do Britain proud.”

Johnson’s entry in the series is expected to shoot at the facility in 2016 ahead of a 2017 release.

Source: Screen