By: Dominic Jones
Filming has begun on the next instalment in the Star Wars saga. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed during The Walt Disney Company's quarterly earnings call that Rian Johnson had begun filming on Star Wars Episode VIII, which is slated for a December 15th, 2017 release date, while also confirming that work had begun on Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars Episode IX. Iger said, “There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products. Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”
He also went on to give an update on Gareth Edward's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theatres on December 16th. Iger told shareholders,“Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far. This is the first of a set of planned stand-alone stories and we’re already in preproduction on our next one, for release in May of 2018.”
And finally, Iger confirmed that construction on the Star Wars Land theme parks is expected to begin later this year. Fans looking for a sneak peak at what to expect at the parks should tune into ABC on February 21st at 8pm ET for "The Wonderful World of Disney", which will feature Harrison Ford introducing a first look at some of the parks attractions.
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