For some time now New Mexico has been a hot spot for film location scouting. Among the recent productions that took place there are Marvel’s The Avengers, and Disney’s The Lone Ranger. The rumors of Lucasfilm scouts being spotted in New Mexico started almost immediately after Disney announced the acquisition of George Lucas’ company…
Few days ago we published an article about other possible Episode 7 filming locations where Albuquerque Studios president Gary Arnold, said there has been talk for two years that parts of “Star Wars” may shoot in New Mexico, his facility’s home state.
So it looks like the idea for new Star Wars movies existed even before Disney’s deal.
Soon after Disney bought Lucasfilm some local NM reporters added more fuel to the rumors:
Now according to oneheadlightink:
Disney returns to the desert and to New Mexico’s class A-1 studio facilities and crew base to shoot the first of THREE pending sequels to add to the mega-galactic franchise.
New Mexico will share production duties with Los Angeles and London when filming gets underway in 2014. Original cast members scheduled to return include Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill…all of whom are slated to somehow reprise their roles from the original 1977 film.
Taking into account what Kathleen Kennedy recently said…
“Looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feel for what even some of the early films did, combining real locations and special effects – that’s something we’re looking very seriously at.”
… we could say that New Mexico’s scenery would definitely fit that approach.
Also the political situation in the Middle East and North Africa is not very stable right now and returning to Tunisia (which old set is in pretty bad shape) is highly unlikely. This could make New Mexico a very desired location for filming.