When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in production, some enterprising paparazzi deployed spy drones, successfully snapping pictures from the set. These drones gave us our first look at the new Resistance base, the return of the Millennium Falcon and a variety of different X-Wings. The production team behind Star Wars: Episode VIII has a sure fire why to deal with drones this time around. And it sounds like they've declared war!
Forget Star Wars, this latest sequel is turning into a Drone war! While some of the Drones sent to infiltrate the Greenham Common set the first time around were successful, that probably won't happen again. The original problem stemmed from Star Wars: The Force Awakens shooting on public property. Star Wars: Episode VIII will utilize these same tactics. Some of the sequel's exteriors will be shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia. But about keeping incoming drones out of the production teams airspace, MosCroatia had this warning.
"There is a special team with drones that will remove the uninvited drones so that no recording can be conducted by the public."
Pretty hi-tech and hard core, right? If nothing else, it will be fun to watch some of the Star Wars drones take on the paparazzi drones. And this advanced warning gives the spies time to retrofit their drones with the proper combat gear.
MosCroatia claims that there will be over 600 guards on active duty, sitting at various assigned posts, ensuring that no one gets through to snap images from the set. This number sounds a little exaggerated, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility. The website is in Croatian, so it's possible that something got lost in the translation to English. As it stands, those working on the production stationed in Croatia claim that the production is utilizing anti-drones, an army of paparrazi hunting guards, and they've handed over $4.3 million to the country to ensure none of the fans get an advanced sneak peek. What could they possibly be filming that is worth these types of tactics?
Star Wars: Episode VIII is written and directed by Rian Johnson. This highly anticipated sequel continues the story lines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Coming back are cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. Stay tuned for more news as shooing continues into the summer.