And this, ladies and gents, is the world we now live in. It’s a funny one. One of the most anticipated movies of the century, Star Wars: Episode VII, looked into DroneShield technology in an attempt to keep hi-tech paparazzi away from some of the harder-to-hide outdoor sets and props (like the Millennium Falcon and various X-Wing fighters). To be fair, building (or buying) and piloting a drone is a step up from just making up crap rumors wholesale, so there’s that.
Anyway, Motherboard reports, complete with a pic of a June invoice addressed to Pinewood Studios, no less, that Pinewood Studios tried to order DroneShield, which is designed to alert you to the presence of nearby drones. It doesn’t, however, shoot them out of the sky or anything like that. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at these things) the order didn’t go through, since the technology hasn’t been approved for sale outside the US just yet.
This isn’t the first bit of annoyance/impatience that Star Wars: Episode VII has displayed with the constant leaks and spy pics. It started with a humorous handwritten note from JJ Abrams in the wake of the first Millennium Falcon shots, and has apparently culminated in experimental technology. Even the continuing social media banter between the Star Wars: Episode VII production and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been touched by the need to respond to goings on around the ‘net, as Zack Snyder recently tweeted a photo of the Batmobile and a Stormtrooper in order to refute rumors that one of the Batmobiles has been stolen on the streets of Detroit. This, along with the continued presence of grainy set photos, got us the reply in the form of the first official look at the Millennium Falcon.
What could be next?