'Star Wars: Episode VII' Filming May Begin Next Year

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"Star Trek: Into Darkness" is probably supposed to be the space-centric subject of the spring since, ya know, the movie is hitting theaters in less than a dozen days and all.  But too bad, so sad: with some of the same people responsible for lifting off the much-fussed-about "Star Wars: Episode VII," it's only natural that inquiring minds are using more than just the Force to draw out some Jedi intel about the pic.

Collider chatted up producer Bryan Burk about the current scoop on Yoda & Co., and according to him things might be ready for launch as soon as the beginning of next year.

"We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues," Burk explained.

"[W]hen we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we [will] prowl ahead."

Buzz has long had it that Disney is eyeing a summer 2015 release for the pic, and director J.J. Abrams is said to be working closely alongside screenwriter Michael Arndt to seal up the screenplay at this very moment — when he's not out pimping "Trek," that is.

On track, it all is (as Master Yoda might put it).

When asked whether all the hype surrounding the announcement of  "Episode VII" served as any sort of surprise, Burk basically did a verbal shoulder shrug to say, "I mean, it’s 'Star Wars.' It’s something that obviously has successfully been handed down from generation to generation in the last 40 years.  If I weren't working on the project, I’d have the same interest as everyone else because it’s something that I, too, am looking forward to seeing where the franchise goes next."

Official prediction: It'll go to a galaxy far, far away. Too easy? Sorry.

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