It appears J.J. Abrams has found a way to keep part of the Star Wars Episode VII production in The United States. That really isn’t altogether different from what Lucasfilm did back in the day as lots of work happened in the Northern California for all six films. The Hollywood Reporter is telling its readers that Abrams is:
converting a portion of his Bad Robot headquarters into production spaces built specifically for the Star Wars project.
The article says they are adding:
-A new green room
-And other facilities within the “18,000-square-foot Santa Monica which already includes editing bays, a workshop for making props, a screening room that can double as a set and Abrams’ personal suite of offices.”
This Hollywood Reporter story really makes me think Abrams/Bad Robot is either going to be doing a lot more Star Wars than just Episode VII or he’s using this as an opportunity to start his own Hollywood version of Skywalker Ranch, both are very cool. Good for him!