STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 Has Started Filming!

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Filming has begun on Star Wars: Episode 7!  As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I cannot believe it’s actually happening.  Sure the prequels were a huge let down.  But that doesn’t matter; right now, somewhere near London, J.J. Abrams is sitting behind a monitor with cinematographer Daniel Mindel directing Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow!  And next year, on December 18, we’re going to get the first of many new Star Wars movies now that the franchise is under the control of Disney and Kathleen Kennedy at LucasFilm.  While some of you might be nervous, I’m extremely optimistic.  I really believe we’re at the beginning of a road that will inspire a new generation, and remind older fans why they fell in love with Star Wars in the first place.  This is the best I’ve felt about the franchise since 1998.

With production beginning on the biggest film of 2015, Bad Robot has tweeted an image of the film slate from the first day of filming.  Check it out after the jump and let me know if you’re as excited as me in the comments.

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  • World’s Finest Comments

    I enjoyed the prequels. (Ducks for cover)…

    • MITIOR

      Me too. I still do.

      • Daniel Ronczkowski

        The first and third more so than the middle

    • Víctor Merán

      ROTS is my favorite Star Wars film, although I think in terms of filmmaking it’s the second best next to ESB. TPM I like a lot as well, way more than ROTJ (which is disappointing IMO) and AOTC. And ANH is simply the film that started it all, and still a pretty good movie in its own right, even though it’s not necessarily my favorite. :)

      So, this is my order:

      ROTS
      ESB
      ANH – TPM (tie)
      ROTJ
      AOTC

      • BigJimSlade

        Jesus. By ROTS I gave up. Not sure I made it through the whole thing of the previous one, either. I had to see the whole Vader “nooooooooo!” shenanigans on YouTube.

        I hope one day Disney makes new prequels that have nothing to do with Lucas’ abortions. I think they’re some of the worst “sci-fi” movies ever made. The writing and acting and direction are all about as bad as it gets…

      • Víctor Merán

        And I sincerely hope Disney doesn’t. Granted I don’t like AOTC that much, but the films are fine just the way they are (most of the time, anyway).

      • Darth Sidious

        I liked ROTS too but TPM was just terrible, just terrible. ROTJ is my fav. Have you forgotten what makes ROTJ so great? Jabba’s Palace, the sarlac pit, endor speeder bike chase, admiral ackbar, the best space battle in any star wars movie.

      • Víctor Merán

        Well, maybe I’m a little biased towards TPM because it was my first Star Wars film ever; I saw it at the movie theater in 1999, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. :) Now, I can see why people say they don’t like it, but honestly, I can easily overlook those flaws and just enjoy the ride. :)

        Now, for why I think ROTJ is a disappointment:

        I understand that they needed to rescue Han and all, but those scenes at Tatooine DRAG a lot. My goodness. When we’re finally out of there it’s been already half an hour of the entire running time of the film. I mean, the movie starts great with the Empire in all of its glory and Vader being a badass, but in the next scene we’re back at Tatooine following 3PO and R2 FOR A VERY LONG TIME, and it’s BORING.

        The scene of Luke and the Rancor is kind of cool, but still a waste of time, where Luke doesn’t do anything interesting at all to take down the Rancor (he just throws a skull at the control panel and that’s it? Come on…).

        The Sarlacc Pit has Luke swinging his lightsaber like crazy, in a setpiece that is not even visually interesting.

        All the scenes at Endor are a snoozfest, except maybe for the bike speeder chase.

        The lightsaber duel between Luke and Vader is just too short for what is supposedly the ultimate battle between good and evil. I mean, this is the final lightsaber duel of the trilogy/saga, FFS, we deserved better. And I’m not sure whether it’s the way it was shot and edited or just the choreography of the fight, but it doesn’t look nearly as good as the one in ESB.

        Did I mention that the lightsabers sound odd in the film as well for some reason? In the other films they have this kind of deep “huuuuum”, but in ROTJ the lightsabers don’t have weight to their sound. The clashes between them sound horrible as well, as if though they forgot to remove the sound produced by the sticks when they clashed with each other on set.

        Honestly, after watching the greatness that was ESB, I was hoping for a way better conclusion to the saga.

        Now, don’t think that I hate the movie, it’s just that given that this is —soon to be “was”— the final chapter in the saga, it should have been WAY better. I like the scenes at Dagobah with Yoda a lot, and pretty much every scene with the Emperor in them. Also, one of my favorite scenes in the entire saga is just after Luke chops off Vader’s hand and the Emperor comes in, with him trying to kill Luke and Vader saving the day.

        There are a lot of things to love about ROTJ, but IMO they’re not enough for me to say that I love the film as a whole, sadly.

    • The Flobbit

      Sentence: have Jar Jar Binks narrate your life.

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Meesa okay with that!

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Meesa okay with that!

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’ve always wanted someone to go back through Deliverance and change all the Hillbilly dialogue to Jar Jar-speak. “Meesa gon’ make yousa squeal like a pig…sa”

      • World’s Finest Comments

        That… that might be one of the VERY rare cases where rape could be considered comical.

        Yes, I’m uncomfortable too.

    • MatthewS

      I love the prequels to death and always will. Huge and influential part of my childhood and I love both trilogies and the whole Star Wars saga period. Some of the greatest blockbusters the world will ever see. I cannot be more excited and happy that more Star Wars films are being made!!!! :D

      • MIXTER

        I’m old school, but I can see why you love them. If I was a kid when the prequels came out NO ONE would have been able to talk me down! As kids movies, especially in this day n age, they are mind blowing. Especially with the far superior Clone Wars that added great stuff to the mix.
        But, why we old schoolers have so much beef with it is this.. When Star Wars ANH came out, it was not pandering to kids. So Adults at the time loved it too. And when us that saw it that were kids, we rewatch the OT now, and its still great! Some may have fallen out with the Ewoks, but i don’t mind them. Still, it seems to be everyones only flaw with the OT.

        But, when you get to about 30 or so, and rewatch the films, I bet you cringe horrifically when you realize what a mess the prequels are like. And hopefully, you will look at the OT in a different way, in a film making way. ANH literally made ILM, to try and make those films from scrap, no digital, no CGI just garage style film making, with real models and sets.
        Prequels, well had lots of models and sets too, but so much CGI and too much colour its hard to distinguish what was real and CGI, but in a bad way, that saying would usually mean a good thing, but they made REAL stuff look fake this time round. In time you will realize.

        I loved films like Never Ending Story, Masters of the Universe, and Labyrinth as a kid, still kinda do, but, now with fresh eyes, the flaws are glaring.

        Not all films hold up well over time, only ones that were made great in the first place. And even if they have flaws, still we can look over those if its a great film, ie.. The Shark in Jaws is a good example.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Hear ya.
        ANH and ESB created a believable universe.
        Prequels created a Video game universe.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        A video game universe I probably would have not played in favor of, let’s say, Mass Effect.

      • GrimReaper07

        Episode I and III I can get (the first mostly because as a kid I liked it, can’t say the same now). But Episode II? I thought that was one of the worst blockbusters I’ve ever seen.

      • JBug

        The prequels are so rich with plot and character development. I love everything about them except some of the acting/casting. Anakin in 2 and 3 was really terrible. Jar Jar wasn’t too bad.

    • DEADP00L

      Thou fate thus sealed as blazing door knobs of Death meet flesh *in creepy gollum styled butthurt voice*

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Soooo my punishment is basically watching An Unexpected Journey on an endless loop then? Yikes.

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      I was 5 when Superman IV the Quest for Peace came out – I admit to still loving that movie

    • MoviesAreForever88

      Denial is a powerful thing….very powerful.

  • Lance

    Geez louis I hope to the heavens this time it works…

  • The Exploiter

    You are the polar opposite of Matt Goldberg, Frosty.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Which would make Goldberg…Anti-Freeze? the Defroster?

      • World’s Finest Comments

        Boiled? Melted?

  • Kota Lancaster

    That font on the slate made me realize. Holy shit this is actually happening.

  • Thomas K.

    DANIEL MINDEL IS CINEMATOGRAPHER!!!!

    WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE MAN THAT FILMED SHANGHAI NOON!!!

    I always wondered why He didn’t return for Shanghai Knights…

    • MIXTER

      I did not know that! However! This is gGREAT news! .. SHANGHAI NOON was Awesome!
      And the cinematography was fantastic, especially the fights, and the panoramic scenes, mountains etc.. Its sooo underrated that film! I recommend you rewatch it if you did not like it, at least watch it for the camera work. And it was shot on film not digital.

      The sequel was a let down though.

  • Baz Hood

    Always optimistic for Star Wars! Lets have a good old, good versus evil, sci fi action flick with lots of derring do and NO politics and interminable CGI senate debates. Simple ;)

  • MatthewS

    I adored the prequels and I’m not ashamed to say so

    • DEADP00L

      How old are you, I’m just curious.

    • BigJimSlade

      Fortunately for the rest of us the new films will be nothing like them. If they are, meesa think Disney is going to destroy the franchise.

      The only good thing about the prequels is they were so pathetically bad, George Lucas will never direct another movie again. For that we should all be grateful.

      • alk

        jesus, dude. Stop drinking the hate juice. Get a life.
        you act like George Lucas raped you and everyone you know in the ass. All he did was create a second trilogy that tells the story of Anakin Skywalker. THAT’S IT! And then he expanded it to appeal to more people.
        He didn’t have to do a goddamn thing after ROTJ but he did…because he wanted to bring the Star Wars Legacy into the new Millennium for new fans like me. Now, I had my disappointments with the prequels, but if you fcking remember, GL didn’t direct ESB or ROTJ, and only wrote the stories for those. He did everything on the prequels, something he had never done, so he was experimenting himself.
        If you didn’t like it, it’s just your opinion, as everyone is allowed to have one. Don’t act like your hate speech is fact or indications that you’re above everyone else because you called GL out on his flaws. He did it the way he did, and millions of viewers enjoyed the prequels. As far as I see it, he brought Star Wars into this world, and he can do whatever he wants with it as he sees fit. It’s selfish of you, one measly fan, to think what you say will sway creator to do your bidding. Get off your megaphone and get a life.

      • milo

        He just didn’t like some movies. You’re the one giving off the borderline mentally ill vibe.

  • http://www.beatific-design.com Beatific

    “This is the best I’ve felt about the franchise since 1998″. Ha ha, before the dark times. I enjoyed ROTS, kids love the prequels, they just don’t appeal to all fans of the originals. These new ones have the advantage of not having to set up events from the original trilogy I guess.

  • Alex Hajna

    What a refreshing article, Steve. The usual writers don’t show their excitement. They just write the story, make a couple of their own comments, and carry on. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that, but it’s very cool to see how excited you are about this.

  • TJ

    Star Wars was always better in my imagination. The Empire Strikes Back was the least worst of the movies. Too many whiny characters for me, Luke and Anakin topping that list. As a Star Trek fan mainly I am genuinely excited for you all though :-)

  • MIXTER

    I’m exctatic!!! Finally, Hopefully, we have A New Hope!
    Hoping JJ knocks it out of the park!

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Awesome! I have confidence in JJ’s directing of this. His Star Treks always felt more like Star Wars and I like that he doesn’t reveal too much of his films during production – although I’m not a fan of misdirection.

    • mbmarquis69

      I agree. Star Trek 2009 has editing and beats that are very much Star Wars. The character scenes are short and punchy, action set pieces arrive at just the right moments. I enjoyed that movie for bringing something new to Star Trek but it really did feel more like Star Wars. If JJ follows that template (which he undoubtedly will), hopefully Episode VII will feel—at least in style and pace—like genuine Star Wars.

  • Mason

    Notice the sand on the slate? It actually looks like they’re shooting in Abu Dhabi right now. Reports say they’ll stay there a couple of weeks before heading back to London.

  • mbmarquis69

    “This is the best I’ve felt about the franchise since 1998″

    I love your optimism. But I’m having deja vu about 1998, and not in a good way. In spite of the chilling effect that the prequels have had on a lot of fans’ expectations, I’m sensing the same kind of hype developing ahead of Episode VII that we had prior to Episode I.

    The Phantom Menace was a letdown to a lot of people. How severely it affected their love of the franchise depends on who you talk to. But I don’t believe a film of significantly better quality and writing would have been spared some backlash. No film could have lived up to the expectations that Star Wars fans had back in 1998.

    The film makers have let us down for sure, but some of the blame must be shared by the fan community which is notoriously difficult to please.

    I hope I’m wrong. I would love to be wrong.

  • Conor

    Serkis will be Abrams’ atonement for the sin of Jar-Jar.

  • eternalozzie

    cool … I just hope they don’t focus too much on the old folks home jedis

  • alk

    Not to be THAT GUY….but you should really add a comma after Daniel Mindel….
    “[...]right now, somewhere near London, J.J. Abrams is sitting behind a monitor with cinematographer Daniel Mindel directing Mark Hamill…”

    The way the sentence sounds right now makes it seem like Daniel Mindel is directing the actors. Not true.

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  • yrulaughing418

    At least it isn’t written by Orci and Kurtzman.
    Has some potential to be good

  • doctor_robot

    seeing so much love for the prequels is quite disturbing to me. smh

  • brett T

    I love the Prequels, the Fall of Anakin Skywalker is one of my favorite stories of all time, it’s right up there with Crime and Punishment, East of Eden, Faust and Paradise Lost.
    For me, I could never imagine anyone other than Hayden Christensen as Anakin. He did a great job: I saw Star Wars The Original New Hope in 1977 in a theatre the size of a grand ballroom, back when movie theatres played one movie at a time. A new movie arrived only when the current movie left the theatre — and I remember when ET played at my local threatre for almost 2 years — in Brooklyn NY!
    Anyway, Hayden did such a great job, now when I watch episodes 4-6, it’s HIS face that I imagine under that mask. He and Natalie had excellent chemistry

    • yrulaughing418

      really, really hope you’re trolling

  • dolphin558

    If someone asks you when Episode VII will start filming you can now say “It’s already filming, get with the program!”

  • Strong Enough

    Episode 3 was great

  • TJ

    So he’s the one…that liked it that much…

    • TJ

      *Brett (crap wrong reply button)

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