The director voiced his disappointment a few weeks later, noting that he was reluctant to leave his wife and kids in Los Angeles. (This even sparked a rumor in July that Abrams was thinking about leaving the project. Of course, that story was later shot down.)
However, it seems that Abrams, who has shot all of his previous films in L.A., is building a workaround that will enable at least some of the production to stay local. According to The Hollywood Reporter, insiders say that Abrams is converting some of his Bad Robot headquarters into production spaces specifically built for Episode VII.
Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters in 2015.