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Star Wars: Episode VII's script to be completed by January, budget expected to be $200 million or more

Dec. 13, 2013by: Alex Maidy

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is chugging along with J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan scripting the movie after taking over from Michael Arndt. But, despite casting currently underway with both veterans auditioning and open casting calls for new talent, just how far along is STAR WARS: EPISODE VII in development towards filming next year?

$200 million sounds about right if they are building practical sets and harkening back to a more realistic STAR WARS film in regards to visual effects. The script coming in January also makes sense and means that Michael Arndt likely had made a decent dent in writing the bad boy.

The news of the spin-offs coming every other year interspersed with main saga films is now as officially confirmed as possible. Some cry over-saturation but I say we went almost 30 years and only got six movies, I can deal with a sudden rush of new STAR WARS movies. Whatever the case, if the script is done next month, I would expect a hell of a lot more news to begin pouring out in the new year. 2014 is going to be a huge year for STAR WARS news.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII hits screen December 18, 2015.

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12:56PM on 12/14/2013
1) I am super excited about finally getting a new SW trilogy.

2) I'm also pretty excited about spinoff films (I'd love to see a Boba Fett or Han Solo film...)

There's so much universe out there to explore and yes I totally think it should be explored.

However...

3) I would much rather them get episodes 7-9 done and dusted and THEN start on the solo films.

It's not the over kill element I'm worried about. If they decided to bring out two Star Wars films a year I'd go see them
1) I am super excited about finally getting a new SW trilogy.

2) I'm also pretty excited about spinoff films (I'd love to see a Boba Fett or Han Solo film...)

There's so much universe out there to explore and yes I totally think it should be explored.

However...

3) I would much rather them get episodes 7-9 done and dusted and THEN start on the solo films.

It's not the over kill element I'm worried about. If they decided to bring out two Star Wars films a year I'd go see them happily. I just think it'll sort if confuse the system.

Marvel bring out two films a year but does so in "phases" concluding with an Avengers film. They have a momentum to that point, or you can enjoy each individual film as it comes.

Star Wars works differently to that and whilst I'm all for as many films they want to throw at us (as long as they have the quality, care and attention they deserve) I just think it's bad idea to bring break up the new trilogy with films that don't directly connect to them but may still have characters involved.

I say do the trilogy - then look at how the public react. If it's positive... Literally shoot for the stars :-)
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1:37AM on 12/14/2013
i can see this actually happening. the way they kept pushing out the "Pirates" series.
i can see this actually happening. the way they kept pushing out the "Pirates" series.
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7:45PM on 12/13/2013
$75 million of that budget it just for lens flares.
$75 million of that budget it just for lens flares.
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6:34AM on 12/14/2013
The rest goes into time machine developement so you can travel back to whenever lens flare jokes have been funny
The rest goes into time machine developement so you can travel back to whenever lens flare jokes have been funny
6:19PM on 12/13/2013
it seems that cinema is heading in the same direction as tv, but instead of seasons we're gonna get films or really expensive tv episodes... though i agre with antarius, i don't mind seeing a star wars film every year. hell i watch marvel universe films two or three times a year and they're always quite good... now if only we can get a thirteen part wheel of time film with two films a year, one in the summer or spring and the other in the winter. i'll be a happy man.
it seems that cinema is heading in the same direction as tv, but instead of seasons we're gonna get films or really expensive tv episodes... though i agre with antarius, i don't mind seeing a star wars film every year. hell i watch marvel universe films two or three times a year and they're always quite good... now if only we can get a thirteen part wheel of time film with two films a year, one in the summer or spring and the other in the winter. i'll be a happy man.
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5:44PM on 12/13/2013
I don't understand the backlash against yearly Star Wars stories. If the Marvel Universe can pull it off so can Star Wars, which IMO is a much more interesting universe.
I don't understand the backlash against yearly Star Wars stories. If the Marvel Universe can pull it off so can Star Wars, which IMO is a much more interesting universe.
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5:30PM on 12/13/2013

Too bad it won't actually be called Episode VII

When it's called something like Origins or Beginnings or some crap, you will be able to hear the crying.

When it's called something like Origins or Beginnings or some crap, you will be able to hear the crying.

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