Our good friends over at Jedi News pointed out that the Irish Examiner followed up and updated their story about the Skellig Michael Island shoot. They state that the crew of Star Wars: Episode VII has struck a deal with the boatsmen who routinely do tourist trips to the island.
The Office of Public Works has confirmed that it will allow extra sailings for tourists to Skellig Michael after the famous island plays host to a Star Wars film shoot next week.
The Unesco World Heritage site has been earmarked for three days of shooting next week, beginning on Monday, for the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, which is due in cinemas in December 2015.
It is understood that at least 12 private boat operators have had their services booked up for the days of the shoot as they ferry cast, crew, and equipment over to Skellig in the morning and back again in the evening.
That means no tourist sailings on those days.
It is not clear as to which cast embers will be present but since we all know Solos our of the game for now. It is believed that those twelve operators have signed NDA’s (non-disclosure agreement) and they have refused to comment for the period of the film shoot.
However, it is understood that a deal has now been struck that will see the island limited to cast and crew on the film for the days of shooting.
In a statement, the OPW said: “Due to film company traffic, all means of transportation to Skellig Michael are fully booked for the dates in question. In order to mitigate this and facilitate members of the public who wish to visit the island we are increasing visitor capacity for a period of time following filming.”
From the looks of it, this is apparently the real deal considering they signed with the production company Foodles Production Ltd. which I am pretty sure we all know who that is.
It is understood the production company involved in the shoot next week is Foodles Production Ltd, with an address in Pinewood Studios in England.
There you have it. Honestly I think this is an awesome location. Aesthetically this place is amazing, it has an ancient monastery build at the top of the island that you have to take quite a lot of steps to get up to. Looks pretty neat.