Episode VIII release pushed back to December 2017

It looks like Christmas-time Star Wars is here to stay. Episode VIII, to be written and directed by Rian Johnson, has been delayed by seven months, accommodating rewrites which will apparently place a greater emphasis on the new characters from The Force Awakens. This also  gives more breathing room to the franchise, giving a full…

6 weeks shooting in Kerry for Episode VIII

There have been rumblings for a while now that film crews would return to Skellig Michael for more Star Wars filming next month. Debate arose as to whether this was for last-minute pickups for The Force Awakens or instead for Episode VIII. Well, The Movie Bits is reporting that six weeks are blocked for shooting…

Rick Heinrichs to act as production designer on Episode VIII

According to Variety, Rick Heinrichs, who was the production designer on Captain America: The First Avenger, has been booked for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Despite no official confirmation, the Variety piece again alerts us to writer/director Rian Johnson’s involvement as well. To give you a sense of Heinrichs’ style, he has been a collaborator with…

Rian Johnson to direct Episode VIII? (updated)

Although this is rumour, it comes from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline: Rian Johnson, the writer/director of Looper, is currently in talks to write and direct Episode VIII at the very least, with the film being produced by Ram Bergman (Looper, Don Jon). That’s where Variety’s claims now end, but The Hollywood Reporter is…

Rumour: Return of the Solo?

The big rumour this morning is that Harrison Ford has signed a multi-picture deal with Disney that goes beyond Episode VII. Ford wouldn’t sign the deal unless he was given a breakdown of Solo’s arc over the course of the trilogy, presumably based on Michael Arndt’s 50 page treatment. Apparently the arc satisfied him enough…