Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn has confirmed that some scenes for Star Wars Episode VII were shot in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The filming, which occurred before principal photography had commenced, was part of the production's second unit. Horn also discussed upcoming travel to London to meet with J.J. Abrams and future release dates for Star Wars movies. Here are Variety film reporter Brent Lang's tweets from this morning's Business of Entertainment breakfast at the Tribeca Film Festival:
Alan Horn says #StarWars7 second unit shooting happened in Abu Dhabi, casting almost done— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) April 22, 2014
Disney Studios chief says #StarWats movies may revert to May release dates from Dec debuts. Depends on screenplay readiness.— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) April 22, 2014
Alan Horn going to London this week to go over Star Wars 7 script with JJ Abrams— Brent Lang (@BrentALang) April 22, 2014
Disney's Alan Horn says the new Star Wars movies will have budgets of around $175 million to $200 million— Marc Graser (@marcgraser) April 22, 2014
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