It seems that reports of the demise of film as a medium for making motion pictures have been much exaggerated, not only are more and more film directors, from Christopher Nolan to Quentin Tarantino, opting to use the format, a number of the big studios are now choosing film for their prestigious big-budget features.
Now, film manufacturer Kodak has partnered with film processor Cinelab to open new facilities to handle larger 65mm film in Slough in the UK. And according to a recent Kodak press release, "Episode IX" will be shot on 65mm.
Both "Episode VII" (A.K.A. "The Force Awakens") and Episode VIII, which recent wrapped production, were shot on 35mm, but is seems "Episode IX" director Colin Trevorrow wants to work with a larger film format that saw its heyday in the late 50s and early 60s in films such as David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia."
According to Entertainment Weekly, who broke the story, Trevorrow is a vocal supporter for physical film, joking “I could never shoot Star Wars on anything but [film] because it’s a period film: It happened a long time ago.”
“Star Wars: Episode VIII” hits theaters December 15, 2017. “Star Wars: Episode IX” follows on May 23, 2019.