Last night Bad Robot (Abrams’ production company) posted this image to Twitter:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) July 8, 2014
It didn’t take long for fans to make the connection that this must be from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII back when they were filming in the desert in May. Slashfilm went a step further by emailing their IMAX contact about the image and got confirmation that Episode VII was being shot using actual IMAX cameras and 70mm film:
We emailed an IMAX rep, who said the following: “All we can say at this point is that we can confirm that JJ Abrams is using the IMAX camera for Star Wars: Episode VII.” They also confirmed it is shooting film. So while Abrams made a big deal of shooting Episode VII in 35mm, he’s going even bigger too: 70mm IMAX.
There you have it. There’s no word on how much of the film is being shot with IMAX stock, but Abrams did the same thing with Star Trek Into Darkness (filming about 50 minutes of the final film all in 70mm), so likely we’ll be seeing a mix of both regular and super ratio footage when it’s all said and done.
Not enough news for you? Well, famous prop maker and sculptor Brian Muir (who created Darth Vader and the Stormtrooper armors based on Ralph McQuarrie’s designs in the original trilogy) has confirmed he’s once again working in the galaxy far, far away. He posted on his Facebook (a post which has since been removed) that he has started working on Star Wars: Episode VII. He couldn’t say what he was doing, merely stated he’s excited.
It is kind of exciting to hear. The man who helped created the look of the baddest villains ever on the big screen is back to work on Abrams’ new Star Wars flick. Can’t wait to see what he’ll be bringing us!