Over the weekend you might have felt a million voices cry out in excitement. That’s because J.J. Abrams announced at the Produced By Conference on Saturday that he’s looking to begin filming Star Wars: Episode VII early in 2014 in London.
“We are, most likely, if all goes as planned, going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie,” Abrams said, referring to his family leaving California for England.
Variety reports that when asked by Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained), who shared the stage with Abrams, if the new Star Wars films would draw inspiration from the Expanded Universe — the novels, comic books, video games, etc. — the director was characteristically cagey.
“It is so massive and so important to people,” he said. “I think the key to moving forward on something like this is honoring but not revering what came before.”
Finally, before closing out, Abrams expressed a key aspect of any film he makes. “The most important thing for me is getting the chills,” he said. “The feeling of ‘that’s the thing.’”