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Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn Discusses the Casting, Budget and Release Date For Star Wars: Episode VII
Posted by Larry Csonka on 04.22.2014



- Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn spoke about Star Wars: Episode VII at the Tribeca Film Festival today. Here are the highlights…

On The Film's Casting: "We're not prepared to announce it yet but we will be very shortly announcing what we're doing….We did some second unit work in Abu Dhabi and other places, because we have all these locations we have to film and we have to give it that "Star Warsian," if I can use that as an adjective, look. So we needed to go to different places that give us the right look and feel and we did have second unit work shooting already but we haven't commenced the main part of principle photography yet."

On The Film's Release Date: "No, we're not sure yet, we may revert. The Star Wars dates have been May, and we may revert to that at some point, it depends on the readiness of the screenplays or where we are, but this first one will be December 18th of 2015, so we'll start with that and we'll see.

On The Film's Budget: "We actually don't even have the completed budget yet. But it will be in that range. These large, tentpole kinds of movies, on the expensive side, are in the neighborhood of $175-200 million, that kind of a number — some are more, some are less. We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties."

On George Lucas' Involvement: "George is a consultant. The understanding is when he sold the company — and he did sell the company to the Walt Disney Company — so he's very aware of that. So we now are the primary drivers behind this property. But he is a very valued person. He's the father of all this. Kathy interacts with him, back and forth I think."

Credit: Bloomberg





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