J.J. Abrams Offers Update On Star Wars Episode VII

He's set to start shooting in January

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams – as you might have heard – is the man entrusted with bringing the Star Wars universe back to life for Episode VII. With Star Trek Into Darkness now done, dusted and hoovering up cash in cinemas, he’s made the jump full-time to George Lucas' far away galaxy. We already knew that Abrams and Disney/Lucasfilm planned to shoot the new movie in the franchise’s traditional UK home and, speaking as this past weekend’s Produced By Conference, Abrams says that will start early next year, possibly even January.

That would make sense, as Disney wants to get the movie in cinemas some time in 2015. But the move is weighing on Abrams, who prefers to film in Los Angeles to avoid uprooting his family. Admitting that the idea of moving makes him a little “insane”, he still agreed to the idea: “We are, most likely, if all goes as planned, going to be moving to London at the end of the year.” As for his kids, they’re not best pleased either. "When you're 13 and 14, it's like, f**k that, I don't care what the movie is," he says.

As for how the massive Star Wars fan will approach the new venture, he has one main aim in mind: "It is so massive and so important to people. I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honouring but not revering what came before."

There you go folks: be ready for possible changes and the disturbance in the Force that comes along with it… Those after more on Abrams should seek out Empire's issue about the man, which is still available via the iPad.