'Star Wars Episode VII' News: Budget Not Set Yet, Movies May Release In the Summer In the Future

By Alex Wolfe , Updated Apr 22, 2014 04:54 PM EDT
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Disney began its filming of something Star Wars Episode VII-related (probably an AT-AT foot) in the desert of Abu Dhabi last week, and this week we're getting some more details. But we're still short a cast list, unfortunately.

Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn talked with Bloomberg TV (thanks to IGN for transcribing), and he offered up a couple of interesting items about the new movie.

"Horn acknowledged that the bulk of the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel will be done at Pinewood Studios in England and Abu Dhabi, saying, 'We have all these locations we have to film and we have to give it that Star Warsian look,'" IGN reports.

But what about the budget for this movie? You figure it's got to be at least $200 million.

"We actually don't even have the completed budget yet," Horn told Bloomberg. "These large, tentpole kinds of movies, on the expensive side, are in the neighborhood of $175-200 million, that kind of a number.

"We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties."

That's actually awesome to hear. Maybe this Disney/Star Wars partnership won't be bad at all.

Lastly, Horn mentioned that while Episode VII will be coming out next December, Disney would consider moving the movies to summer releases, depending on how the scripting and filming of the future episodes goes.

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