Skellig Michael rumors for Star Wars: Episode VIII filming are here again.

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The Skellig Michael filming rumor for Star Wars: Episode VIII has returned again. Scheduling was an issue with some of this filming to take place and permissions were constantly in flux based on the rumors that really never stopped coming by us. While it is probably shooting for VIII, it could still be for VII. Until we know who is out there, that chance always remains. Based on the consistent stream of rumor, it appears this filming is for Episode VIII if we had to bet. Here’s a  general breakdown of the rumors over the last quarter:

MakingStarWars June 28th:

A persistent rumor we have heard and a lot recently is that they are returning to Skellig Michael to film for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Initially during the production of The Force Awakens they wanted to return to the location to shoot some coverage for VIII which was prevented by bad weather. Once Rian Johnson came on board for VIII and the story developed it was required they shoot there again and this time, bad weather was preferred. Shooting at Skellig Michael for Star Wars: Episode VIII appears to be slated for this October.

August 9th:

Filming is expected to last between two and four days, with preparation and clear up work covering several weeks.

Eight return helicopter flights have been licensed and it is understood director Rian Johnson has been cleared to film some scenes at dusk and at night from the sky up to 9pm, despite concerns about nocturnal sea birds.

The Irish Times on August 31st:

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The Irish Times on August 2nd:

Boatmen who were contracted for a three-day shoot for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens last summer have been asked to provide transport for another four days, from September 13th to 16th, with a possibility of further “contingency days.” Although this falls outside the main nesting season, there are fears that seabirds will still be present.

MovieBit on August 22nd:

 An inside source is telling us exclusively that an entire six weeks are blocked for filming in Kerry, which leads us to believe that this is in fact for Star Wars Episode VIII, which will be released in cinemas on May 26th 2017.

BreakingNews.ie on September 8th: 

An inside source is telling us exclusively that an entire six weeks are blocked for filming in Kerry, which leads us to believe that this is in fact for Star Wars Episode VIII, which will be released in cinemas on May 26th 2017.

 

Filming is expected to last between two and four days, with preparation and clear up work covering several weeks.

Eight return helicopter flights have been licensed and it is understood director Rian Johnson has been cleared to film some scenes at dusk and at night from the sky up to 9pm, despite concerns about nocturnal sea birds.

When we put it all together, it seems likely this filming is happening. It is interesting that some scenes will be filmed at dusk and at night up until 9pm. I wonder if they will stay out there the whole day until they get the tone they’re looking for or if they’re filming many scenes in a short time?

Star Wars: Episode VIII is expected to begin filming in January. With what happens there in VII, this could provide a chance to prove to fans the person that resides there is coming back for more in VIII. But most likely it is just to get it out of the way, capture the tone, and then not have to worry about that part of the movie when production begins in early 2016.

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