The cameras are now rolling for the eighth chapter of the “Star Wars” saga, as Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that principle photography is now underway for Episode VIII!
During his quarterly earnings call, Bob Iger confirmed that filming has now started for Episode VIII, but he also gave some updates on “Rogue One” and Episode IX as well.
Here are the updates he gave on all the announced “Star Wars” projects currently in development, in an article from Entertainment Weekly:
Iger said the company had a simple strategy for the future of Star Wars: don’t lose sight of what sold all those tickets and merchandise.
“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” he said. “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”
“Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far. This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories and we’re already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018.”
Finally, Iger confirmed that the company planned to break ground later this year on new Star Wars attractions at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The “Star Wars” movie production train is in full motion now! As “The Force Awakens” finishes it’s theatrical run, filming wraps on “Rogue One.” And as “Rogue One” finishes principle photography, Episode VIII just begins it’s filming! While in the past we’ve talked about how great it will be to have all these “Star Wars” projects in production, it’s such an awesome feeling to know that it’s actually happening right now as we speak.