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STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII (2017): Bob Iger Confirms Production Has Started

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Bob Iger says production has started on Star Wars: Episode VIII. The Disney CEO also stated that work has begun on Star Wars: Episode IX.

In an interview about the future of the franchise, Iger revealed that Disney was already working on the next installment in the Star Wars franchise. The massive success of the previous entry in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, almost certainly prompted the company to start working so soon on the next movie. With Disney confident in Episode VIII‘s chances of success, development is also underway for a sequel to the upcoming film.

“Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”

Actor John Boyega took to Twitter to reveal how he marked the beginning of filming for the movie.

Time to bring out my Han Solo figure for everyone on set to sign. Sigh** can’t help it.

— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 10, 2016

Iger went on to speak about the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, saying filming is almost finished, a bit of a surprise since production began back in September.

The almost back-to-back scheduling of the planned movies is a far cry from the wide gaps between the films of the original Star Wars trilogy. It took six years for George Lucas to go from Star Wars: A New Hope, the first entry in the science fiction saga, to the last film in the original trilogy, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Iger, on the other hand, is set to oversee the release of not three, but (including this year’s Rogue One spin-off) four Star Wars movies in just over half that amount of time. This is bound to be welcome news for fans of the franchise.

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