Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens may have just finished shooting at the UK's Pinewood studios, but Disney is wasting no time in locking down the space for another of its many planned Star Wars sequels. Pinewood Shepperton CEO Ivan Dunleavy has confirmed that the studio is to play host to another Star Wars production.
"The seventh Star Wars movie just finished shooting at Pinewood. And I'm delighted to be able to tell you that a new Star Wars movie is already booked in," he said at the annual CBI Conference in London, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
While Dunleavy didn't go into details as to which Star Wars movie he was referring to (Episode VIII or one of the many planned spin-offs), it's likely that it'll be Gareth Edwards's Star Wars movie heading to the studio. Thought to be a standalone film focussed on the bounty hunter Boba Fett, Edwards's mysterious shoot (expected to be a 3D production) is due for release on December 16th 2016, sandwiched between the Christmas releases of The Force Awakens and Rian Johnson's Episode VIII. Given it's the next Star Wars release chronologically on Disney's calendar, it makes sense for the Mouse House to be securing studio time for the film.
Edwards's sci-fi flick is to be based on a script by former PC Gamer founder Gary Whitta (who also worked on The Book of Eli), while Edwards enjoyed great success this summer with the Godzilla reboot. [Hollywood Reporter]