An announcement from the well-known fantasy film maker George Osborne has revealed that owing to cunning tax breaks, the upcoming Disney-powered Star Wars will be shot in the UK. So we can rule out the Tattoine scenes then.
The move demonstrates even further the government’s desire to
prostitute themselves for publicity support the UK’s film industry — you may remember that oodles of government funding for special effects studios was announced in the last Budget, for example. In this case, it seems that government tax credits for the film industry are responsible for luring Lucasfilm and their new puppetmasters Disney back to the UK — Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement:
“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 UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that.”
In other words: give us the damn money. [Telegraph]