When few months ago Kathleen Kennedy announced that the production for Star Wars: Episode VII would take place in the U.K., J.J. Abrams openly voiced his disappointment. He said that the move to the UK would be an inconvenience to his wife and kids. Now it looks like he found a way to overcome this little obstacle...
An insider tells THR that Bad Robot's Santa Monica facility is adding a green room, sound studios and other upgrades specifically for "Episode VII.
It appears that the director is building a work-around designed to keep at least a portion of the movie's production closer to home. According to one insider, Abrams -- who has shot all of his films in Los Angeles (he even personally covered some of Star Trek Into Darkness' costs in order to keep production local) -- is converting a portion of his Bad Robot headquarters into production spaces built specifically for the Star Wars project.
A green room, sound studios and other new facilities will be developed within the three-story, 18,000-square-foot Santa Monica building, which already includes editing bays, a workshop for making props, a screening room that can double as a set and Abrams' personal suite of offices. Star Wars: Episode VII is set to be released in 2015 by Disney. Bad Robot and Disney declined comment.
In another interview Abrams said he would have loved to have made Episode 7 in Australia.
George Lucas directed the last two Star Wars films in Sydney and the Australian film industry was hoping the multi-billion dollar science-fiction franchise to return.
"I think we are already supposed to be shooting it in England, but, gosh, I'd love to return. It is one of the only places I have ever gone where within hours I called my wife and said 'We should move here. This was just three hours after landing in Sydney."