With its release date delayed, the start date for the filming of Star Wars Episode VIII was also pushed back. But Star Wars Episode VIII has started filming, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger.
During an earnings call with investors, Iger revealed that filming is officially underway. "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," he said.
Interestingly, he added that "production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.” It's presumed that he is referring to pre-production and not actual filming.
Finally, he revealed that Rogue One is almost done shooting. Fans may be pleased to hear that he said that they "love" what they've seen of director Gareth Edwards’ standalone film so far.
So, the take away points from this earnings call is that everything Star Wars-related is shaping up nicely.
Star Wars film release dates:
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – December 16, 2016
- Star Wars: Episode VIII – December 15, 2017
- Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film – May 25, 2018
- Star Wars: Episode IX – 2019