Did the force ever leave Britain?
Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced Friday that production of “Star Wars: Episode VII” will take place in the United Kingdom, the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. Another big Disney movie, Marvel Studios’ current release “Iron Man 3,” filmed in North Carolina.
Britain provides rebates of up to 25%, making it an attractive destination for such big productions as the “Harry Potter” movies, “Clash of the Titans” and “Captain America: the First Avenger.”
The “Star Wars” franchise has longstanding ties to Britain. All of the six previous live-action Star Wars movies have filmed scenes in the U.K. at such renowned studios as Shepperton and Pinewood Studios.
“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of ‘Star Wars’ as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the U.K. for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement. “Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the U.K. with films like ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘Empire of the Sun’ and recently ‘War Horse,’ it’s very exciting to be heading back.”
While this is all good for the U.K. I better get busy and call up someone and get some of this up to my native land, Canada.