STAR WARS EPISODE 7 Director May Be Announced In January; Pre-Production Begins Next Spring
Kathleen Kennedy offers an update on Episode VII, suggesting that a director will finally be announced sometime next month. She also confirms that pre-production officially begins in the Spring.
Ever since Walt Disney Pictures announced in October that they have acquired LucasFilm and will be making new Star Wars movies, speculation concerning Episode VII's director has been all over the web. Directors such as David Fincher, Jon Favreau, Matthew Vaughn, Brad Bird, J.J. Abrams and many others have all been connected to the project, with several (including Bird and Abrams) denying their involvement with the highly anticipated sequel. Now, speaking with ABC News Radio (via ComicBook.com), LucasFilm President and executive producer Kathleen Kennedy offers a rather brief update on the film. "I have no immediate update, but hopefully in January I’ll have something that I can say." It's quite possible that January will be when we'll finally have a director announcement. Additionally, she confirmed that pre-production will begin sometime in the Spring of 2013. While it was already announced that pre-production was beginning with the signing of screenwriter Michael Ardnt (Toy Story 3), ComicBook.com assume that set construction is the pre-production that will begin in the Spring. Star Wars: Episode VII is currently targeting a 2015 release.
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