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Judge a movie budget by its size, do you? Then fear not, Star Wars fans. Disney is prepared to go balls to the walls on Star Wars: Episode VII.

According to Disney Chairman and gatekeeper of all Episode VII secrets, Alan Horn, the budget is between $175-200 million. That would make it the most expensive Star Wars ever made.

“We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties,” he told Bloomberg TV.

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What he really wanted to say but couldn’t is that Disney is used to spending a shit ton of money on franchise movies and see it pay off. The Avengers cost Disney/Marvel $220 million, but ended up being its highest grossing movie of all time. And even if Episode VII creeps up to the high end of its budget, it’s still chump change in comparison to Disney’s most expensive movie of all-time, the  $300 million Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End.

A $175-200 million budget is a gold mine compared to the $115 million budget for Episode III: Revenge of the Sith back in 2005. But if there’s anything we know about Star Wars films, it’s that it doesn’t always take a big budget to make it good. In 1977, George Lucas shot A New Hope for an estimated $11 million. That’s the equivalent of toilet paper money to J.J. Abrams.

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The December 2015 release may feel light years away, but Horn confirmed that shooting for Episode VII has begun in Abu Dhabi and that we can expect casting announcements soon.

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