The Irish government has just signed a new partnership deal with Lucasfilm allowing the studio to use the ancient location of Skellig Michael – a protected UNESCO world heritage site since 1996, for Star Wars: Episode VIII.
According to the reports pouring in, on Tuesday, the Irish government made the big announcement and said that the studio has been allowed to film at the site, provided no damage comes to the island’s ecology or bird life.
There’s word that the country’s National Parks and Wildlife Service, as well as National Monuments Service, will be on site during the production of the film.
Heather Humphreys, a government official, revealed that the specialist staffs from his department and the studio were in talks since March for the limited shooting, expected to last for about 2-4 days.
The agreement allows Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII to use the location after J.J. Abrams used it last year for his upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, which will be out on December 18, this year.