Above is Carrie Fishers dog Gary sitting in the directors chair. She tweeted it from the set.
Last week they started filming Episode 8 and this week a working title was revealed, “Space Bear.” Of course like Return of the Jedi the name could be changed before the release. Episode 6 was originally referred to Revenge of the Jedi because writer Lawrence Kasdan thought Return of the Jedi was a weak name.
The other tidbit of good news is that they moved the release date to December 15, 2017 after the $1 Billion success of Force Awakens. It’s good thinking that yearly Star Wars Christmas time installments will become a cultural phenomenon that the world will come to expect.
The impression of director Rian Johnson is that he is putting in his all, so fandom is expecting another master piece. Added to the cast is Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern. Sure we will all miss Harrison Ford.