It’s official now: filming for Star Wars Episode VIII has now begun.
This past December, the new sequel trilogy to the Star Wars franchise got off to a very impressive start with the release of “The Force Awakens,” which has already raked in over $2 billion at the box office and continues to make more money. Even with the new movie finished and another one now filming, Disney and Lucasfilm made it clear they had plans to expand the universe even more, with the inclusion of new Anthology films that will begin this upcoming December.
Aside from the Anthology spinoffs, there’s also new television series, comic books and novels that allow Disney to write more stories that go beyond just the three movies in a trilogy. Jon Urbana got this off the ground by first branding older material not in the movies as part of the “Star Wars Legends” series, while everything new will be considered canon with the old movies.
Regarding the film of Episode VIII, Rian Johnson was originally hired to be the screenwriter for the movie back in 2014, and worked with director J.J. Abrams to make sure he could build off of the success of “The Force Awakens.” Disney CEO Bob Iger also noted that filming was supposed to start earlier last month but a 2017 release date made a filming delay necessary.