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"Rian [Johnson] is definitely going to places and investigating things that haven't really been done in the 'Star Wars' universe. For me, it's so fun getting to explore different things that I wouldn't have expected in this universe. In some ways it feels like we're making an independent film. Certain things we get to play with – this kind of intimacy that we get to find – it's special. It's been really fun."
Oscar Isaac[src]

Star Wars: Episode VIII is the upcoming eighth film in the Star Wars saga. It is the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the ninth live-action installment in the franchise overall. The film, which is currently in production, is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. The film sees the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.

The film will pick up right where Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens left off.[5][6] It is currently in production at Pinewood Studios, scheduled to be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.

Development

Unofficial reports claimed in November 2012 that Lawrence Kasdan—who originally wrote the screenplays for both Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi—and Simon Kinberg would divide writing responsibilities for Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX, and both would co-produce all three films of the upcoming sequel trilogy, alongside Kathleen Kennedy.[7] However, in February 2013, Disney confirmed that Kasdan and Kinberg were working on standalone films, not main saga films.[8] On June 20, 2014, a spokesperson for director Rian Johnson confirmed that he would write and direct Episode VIII, as well as pen a story treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX.[1] Ram Bergman, Johnson's frequent collaborator, was also confirmed to be brought onto the project as a producer, working alongside Kathleen Kennedy.[1] To prepare for Episode VIII, Johnson and crew screened select classic films such as Twelve O'Clock High and Letter Never Sent.[9] While writing the script, Johnson had meetings with The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, who showed him dailies as well as an edit of the unfinished film.[10] Acording to Abrams' friend Greg Grunberg, Abrams was so impressed by the script that he regretted not directing it.[11] John Boyega also claimed that the script was "darker" than the one for The Force Awakens.[12]

On August 7, 2014, it was reported that actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in The Force Awakens, may reprise her role in both Episodes VIII and IX.[13] On October 16, 2014, at the opening of the new Industrial Light & Magic facility in London, ILM President Lynwen Brennan confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VIII would be filmed in London.[14] On March 12, 2015, Disney chairman Bob Iger originally announced the release date for Episode VIII of May 26, 2017, forty years and one day after the release of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope,[15] but the release date was later pushed back to December 15, 2017.[4]

Production

Preliminary filming took place in September 2015 on Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of mainland Ireland that was first used for The Force Awakens in 2014.[16] Before leaving, the crew donated 10,000 to the ferry service that had transported them to-and-from the island.[17] Production officially began in England in February 2016,[4][18] under the working title of "Space Bear".[19] From March 9-16, production took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia,[20][21] followed by a return to Ireland for twelve weeks in County Cork.[22] Many of the same propmakers from Episode VII returned to work on the next film in the saga.[23]

Music

During a concert with the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra on February 9, 2013 composer John Williams stated that he was hoping to get the chance to write the musical scores for the entire new trilogy.[24] It was implied in Star Wars Insider 144 that he would score the entire "new Star Wars trilogy,"[25] but Lucasfilm clarified that he has only been confirmed for Episode VII.[26]

Credits

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Bibliography

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Keegan, Rebecca (2014-06-20). Rian Johnson boarding 'Star Wars' franchise as writer and director. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on June 23, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 DISNEY TO ACQUIRE LUCASFILM LTD.. The Walt Disney Company. thewaltdisneycompany.com (2012-10-30). Retrieved on October 31, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chitwood, Adam (February 5, 2015). Exclusive: J.J. Abrams Talks STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and That New Lightsaber. collider.com. Retrieved on February 6, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode VIII to Open December 15, 2017 on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31 5.32 5.33 5.34 5.35 5.36 5.37 5.38 5.39 5.40 5.41 5.42 5.43 5.44 5.45 5.46 5.47 5.48 5.49 5.50 5.51 5.52 5.53 5.54 5.55 5.56 5.57 5.58 5.59 5.60 5.61 5.62 5.63 5.64 5.65 5.66 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode VIII Now Filming on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  6. 6.0 6.1 TwitterLogo @MTVNews (MTV News) on Twitter. “Daisy Ridley spills everything she knows about the next #StarWars films.”
  7. Kit, Borys (2012-11-20, 4:41pm PST). 'Star Wars': Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg to Write, Produce - Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved on November 21, 2012.
  8. Disney Confirms Standalone Star Wars Films; May Be Released Between New Core Episodes
  9. Weber, Wendy (2014-07-27). Rian Johnson on 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'. Voices. The Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved on July 28, 2014.
  10. Dadich, Scott (November 2015). Lucky VII: Superfan J.J. Abrams on Directing The Force Awakens. Wired. Retrieved on November 15, 2015.
  11. Cavna, Michael (December 22, 2015). Why J.J. Abrams reflects regret over deboarding Star Wars before Episode VIII. The Washington Post. Retrieved on January 12, 2016.
  12. Milligan, Lauren (January 7, 2016). Five Minutes With Film's New Force. Vogue. Retrieved on January 12, 2016.
  13. UTA Signs ‘Star Wars’ Lead Daisy Ridley. cinemablend.com (August 7 2014). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  14. Ashurst, Sam (October 16, 2014). ILM London Launch: Updates on Star Wars Episode VII & Avengers: Age of Ultron. IGN. Retrieved on October 16, 2014.
  15. SWCustom-2011 Rogue One is the First Star Wars Stand-Alone Film, Rian Johnson to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode VIII on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  16. Breznican, Anthony (September 9, 2015). Updated: Star Wars: Episode VIII will shoot in Ireland this month. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on September 9, 2015.
  17. Lucey, Anne (October 1, 2015). Star Wars producers donate €10,000 to Valentia Lifeboat. The Irish Times. Retrieved on October 1, 2015.
  18. Breznican, Anthony (February 10, 2016). Star Wars: Episode VIII has started filming. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on February 10, 2016.
  19. Goldberg, Matt (February 20, 2016). 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' Working Title Revealed. Collider. Retrieved on February 22, 2016.
  20. Important information,. Dubrovnik Tourist Board (February 19, 2016). Retrieved on February 22, 2016.
  21. Star Wars set in Dubrovnik "under construction". The Dubrovnik Times (February 22, 2016). Retrieved on February 22, 2016.
  22. Barrett, David (March 20, 2016). Star Wars Episode VIII returns to new locations in Ireland. The Telegraph. Retrieved on March 20, 2016.
  23. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens BluRay Target Exclusive "Inside the Armory" featurette
  24. Williams Says He ‘Hopes’ to Work on New Star Wars Trilogy. JWFan (February 11, 2013). Retrieved on February 21, 2013.
  25. Star Wars Insider 144
  26. TwitterLogo @starwars (Star Wars) on Twitter. “Clarification: John Williams is confirmed for Episode VII only at this point.”
  27. 27.0 27.1 Topel, Fred Topel (March 13, 2016). Billie Lourd Will Return With A Larger Role In 'Star Wars Episode 8'. /Film.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 28.8 28.9 Libbey, Dirk. This Classic Star Wars Character Will Be Returning For Episode VIII. Cinema Blend.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 McEwan, Cameron (November 16, 2015). Doctor Who actor Jimmy Vee is the new R2-D2 in Star Wars Episode 8. Metro.co.uk.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Sokol, Tony (March 17, 2016). Simon Pegg Negotiating to Join Ready Player One Adaptation by Steven Spielberg. Den of Geek. Retrieved on March 18, 2016.
  31. English, Rebecca (2016-04-19). Who are you calling a ginger beast, Harry? Princes get VERY hairy hug from Chewbacca before duel with light sabers as they meet the Star Wars cast and crew on set at Pinewood. Daily Mail. Retrieved on April 21, 2016.
  32. Caranicas, Peter (November 25, 2014). Below the Line Bookings. Variety. Retrieved on November 27, 2014.
  33. Caranicas, Peter (March 25, 2015). Bookings and Signings: Gersh, Innovative Artists Place Below-the-Line Clients. Variety. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  34. Laverty, Christopher (2016-01-22). Star Wars: Interview with Michael Kaplan. Clothes on Film. Retrieved on January 24, 2016.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 Jones, Dominic (April 19, 2016). Pictures From the British Royals Visit to the 'Episode VIII' Set Confirms the Return of A-Wings. Star Wars Underworld. Retrieved on April 19, 2016.
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 Tschopp, Jesse (April 19, 2016). Another Familiar Ship Returning For Star Wars: Episode VIII!. Making Star Wars. Retrieved on April 19, 2016.

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