Star Wars: Episode VII marks the first time that director J.J. Abrams is shooting a movie outside of Los Angeles, after it was confirmed in June that the highly-anticipated sequel is shooting at London's Pinewood Studios. While principal photography is definitely taking place overseas, a report has surfaced that the filmmaker is converting a portion of his Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica into a post-production facility.
The director is reportedly constructing a green room, sound studio and other post-production facilities within Bad Robot's three-story 18,000 square-foot building. The facility already includes editing bays, a prop workshop and a screening room that can double for a set, along with J.J. Abrams' personal offices.
J.J. Abrams, who even shelled money out of his own pocket to keep the Star Trek Into Darkness production in L.A., voiced his displeasure about moving across the pond and away from his wife and kids at the Produced By conference a few weeks after the Pinewood announcement.
"When you're 13 and 14, it's like, f--- that, I don't care what the movie is."
We reported last month that production is scheduled to start in mid-January in London, although that timetable has not been confirmed by LucasFilm. J.J. Abrams is directing from a screenplay by Michael Arndt.