Speaking yesterday while sharing the stage with Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin at the 5th annual Produced By Conference, Star Trek: Into Darkness director J. J. Abrams confirmed that production for Star Wars: Episode VII will start in London at the start of 2014...
Note on Abram's palm reads "I am NOT Leonard from the Big Bang Theory!"
“Most likely we are going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie.”
Abrams followed up this statement, stating that filming overseas drives him insane, before adding that he would have liked to have filmed the movie in Los Angele's, but that the decision to film the movie in London was set into motion before he was brought on board as director.
When asked if the movie was going to follow the stories seen in the expanded universe novels, Abrams replied with a "No comment" and a smirk, though he have the following to say regards the challenges of directing the movie...
“I think that the thing is so big and so massive to so many people that the key to moving forward is honoring but not revering what went before.”
Abrams also made mention of the franchises creator George Lucas and his future plans, stating...
“George Lucas has spoken for years about wanting to make those smaller, more experimental films and I hope he does because I’d really like to see them.”
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