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Star Wars: Episode VIII is the upcoming second film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. The sequel to the December 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Episode VIII will be produced under the Disney-Lucasfilm brand. The film is scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017, and will be written and directed by Rian Johnson.[4]

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.[6] However, in February 2013, Disney confirmed that Kasdan and Kinberg were working on standalone films, not main saga films.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] Acording to Abrams' friend Greg Grunberg, Abrams was so impressed by the script that he regretted not directing it.[10] John Boyega also claimed that the script was "darker" than the one for The Force Awakens.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] 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,[14] but the release date was later pushed back to December 15, 2017.[4]

Production

Filming began in September 2015 on Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of mainland Ireland that was first used for The Force Awakens in 2014.[15] Before leaving, the crew donated 10,000 to the ferry service that had transported them to-and-from the island.[16] Production will resume in England in February 2016.[4]

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.[17] It was implied in Star Wars Insider 144 that he would score the entire "new Star Wars trilogy,"[18] but Lucasfilm clarified that he has only been confirmed for Episode VII.[19]

Credits

Appearances


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 2.6 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 4.6 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Episode VIII to Open December 15, 2017 on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. 5.0 5.1 SWCustom-2011 New Video Series: A Discussion About the Future of Star Wars on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  6. 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.
  7. Disney Confirms Standalone Star Wars Films; May Be Released Between New Core Episodes
  8. Weber, Wendy (2014-07-27). Rian Johnson on 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'. Voices. The Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved on July 28, 2014.
  9. Dadich, Scott (November 2015). Lucky VII: Superfan J.J. Abrams on Directing The Force Awakens. Wired. Retrieved on November 15, 2015.
  10. 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.
  11. Milligan, Lauren (January 7, 2016). Five Minutes With Film's New Force. Vogue. Retrieved on January 12, 2016.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 UTA Signs ‘Star Wars’ Lead Daisy Ridley. cinemablend.com (August 7 2014). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  13. Ashurst, Sam (October 16, 2014). ILM London Launch: Updates on Star Wars Episode VII & Avengers: Age of Ultron. IGN. Retrieved on October 16, 2014.
  14. 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)
  15. Breznican, Anthony (September 9, 2015). Updated: Star Wars: Episode VIII will shoot in Ireland this month. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on September 9, 2015.
  16. Lucey, Anne (October 1, 2015). Star Wars producers donate €10,000 to Valentia Lifeboat. The Irish Times. Retrieved on October 1, 2015.
  17. Williams Says He ‘Hopes’ to Work on New Star Wars Trilogy. JWFan (February 11, 2013). Retrieved on February 21, 2013.
  18. Star Wars Insider 144
  19. Twitter favicon @starwars (Star Wars) on Twitter. “Clarification: John Williams is confirmed for Episode VII only at this point.”
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 20.14 20.15 20.16 20.17 20.18 20.19 20.20 20.21 20.22 20.23 20.24 20.25 20.26 20.27 20.28 20.29 20.30 20.31 20.32 20.33 20.34 20.35 20.36 20.37 20.38 Ruby, Jennifer (December 17, 2015). Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy confirms that entire cast will return for eighth film. Evening Standard. Retrieved on December 17, 2015.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 Woerner, Meredith (December 4, 2015). The women of 'Star Wars' speak out about their new Empire. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on December 4, 2015.
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  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 Jones, Dominic (September 17, 2015). Mark Hamill Appears in Irish Pub Near Skellig Michael after Episode VIII Shoot, Without his Beard!. The Star Wars Underworld.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Nicholson, Max (March 20, 2015). Oscar Isaac Will be Back for Star Wars: Episode VIII, Lobbied for X-Men: Apocalypse Role. IGN. Retrieved on March 20, 2015.
  25. Watch: ‘Star Wars’ European Premiere Live Stream
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 McEwan, Cameron (November 16, 2015). Doctor Who actor Jimmy Vee is the new R2-D2 in Star Wars Episode 8. Metro.co.uk.
  27. Caranicas, Peter (November 25, 2014). Below the Line Bookings. Variety. Retrieved on November 27, 2014.
  28. Caranicas, Peter (March 25, 2015). Bookings and Signings: Gersh, Innovative Artists Place Below-the-Line Clients. Variety. Retrieved on May 3, 2015.
  29. Laverty, Christopher (2016-01-22). Star Wars: Interview with Michael Kaplan. Clothes on Film. Retrieved on January 24, 2016.

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