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UPDATE: Future Star Wars Movie Productions May Have a New Studio Home

Future Star Wars movies may have found a new studio to call home for filming/production. After a tease by Formula Money on Twitter, it is possible an announcement could come as soon as this week, that future Star Wars and other Disney live action movies may have a new permanent studio location in London.

 

Formula Money, a media outlet best known for covering all things F1 racing, have teased that a big splash is coming soon regarding Star Wars and Disney live action movies.

 

 

Christian Sylt, writer and reporter, has additionally provided hints as a supplement to this tweet to steer fans in the direction of what the “splash” might be about. So let’s take a look at what he has shared so far.

 

 

Okay so the news is about the movies, past and future. It’s about the business side of the movies, so it isn’t breaking any news on writers, casts, directors, titles, or anything from a creative standpoint. This appears to be strictly about the business side of things – production and studios.

 

 

“The code word is E & E”, this is where it gets interesting. You may recall last fall our friends at Fantha Tracks reported on names of limited production companies being established in the UK. At the time they had written:

“Registered on the exact same day was E&E INDUSTRIES (UK) LIMITED which we understand will be the first film from the planned Rian Johnson trilogy.”

 

I did some digging to find more specifics about this limited company E & E industries, and the results are interesting. First off, the established “Nature of Business” is  code 59111 – “Motion picture production activities”, so as you may have gathered, movies. Now on to the names attached to the company, and their roles:

 

Ilene Lorraine Aultman, aka Lori Aultman: Vice President, Finance & Planning, Lucasfilm, Ltd.

Russell John Haywood: Assistant Regional Counsel, Walt Disney Studios

Rhonda Thomas Hjort: Deputy Chief Counsel, Lucasfilm

 

All three were also listed on the filings for Carbonado Industries Limited (UK), which was the limited company name used for trIXie aka Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. 

 

 

This is where the business part steers me into believing it is about a new studio location for future films. Sylt, via Formula Money, said that while it’s about the movies, it’s about the financial aspect of them, and something he has written about before. He also specifically uses the word “billions” in regards to the headline.

 

 

I looked up previous Star Wars reports/articles from Christian Sylt regarding Disney business and its positive effect in the UK, one of which he wrote for Forbes called “Star Wars Is A Billion-Dollar Blockbuster For Britain“, in which he says:

“Star Wars isn’t just a force to be reckoned with in the film industry but in the UK economy too. The sci-fi movie series has brought $1.1 billion into Britain in just the past three years, a review of production company financial statements shows.”

 

This leads me to believe that an announcement could be coming that future Star Wars theatrical films and other Disney live action movies may have a new permanent production home in the UK. There are many new studios being built in the area in and around London. One of the high-end possibilities that would certainly make a “big splash” is the new Pinewood Studios’ expansion. Netflix signed a 10 year lease on the existing Shepperton Studios lot, however Pinewood is expanding Shepperton by another 16 sound stages on a recently purchased 100 acre lot and were looking for a single partner to occupy them- so Disney could be that partner.

 

Star Wars has expanded to a lot of mediums, with Disney+ live action television series taking the franchise into new paths of storytelling, but Star Wars will always be a blockbuster movie franchise first, and future productions heading to a new massive studio home would serve as a significant reminder of that fact. We may be saying goodbye to the Skywalker’s in a few months, but we will be saying hello to a new era in Star Wars films over the next decade and beyond.

 

Please keep in mind, this is an educated guess on our part based on all of the information gathered. Either way, we will find out when an official announcement arrives as soon as this week. As always we will update you with all of the facts and official information about this when it hits.

 

Below is the video of me talking about this story on our YouTube channel. This was recorded over the weekend, a bit before I fleshed out more of the information, but it still gives you a good grasp of the idea behind the story. Be sure to subscribe to our channel for additional SWNN content every week.

 

 

UPDATE: 

 

A reader has notified us that in April, MakingStarWars.net reported that the Cassian Andor series and Benioff and Weiss films might be filmed at a new location in Dagenham, outside of Pinewood. Considering their track record, this makes this all the more interesting, and hopefully we hear an official announcement on this story soon.

 

John Hoey is the Co-Lead Editor and Senior Writer for Star Wars News Net and the host of The Resistance Broadcast podcast

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