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Abrams on why Arndt is off Episode VII

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By Robert T. Trate     November 07, 2013
Source: Collider.com

Episode VII arrives in 2015
© Lucasfilm Ltd./ Disney

We got the news a week or so ago that JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were now solely working on the Star Wars: Episode VII. Michael Arndt had relinquished writing duties to the director and the writer of Episode VIII. During a recent conference call, to promote Abrams new produced series Almost Human, he addressed the change. Abrams said that the demands of the schedule necessitated bringing in the old pro and here are his thoughts on working with Arndt. 

“Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process.  And working with Lawrence Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie, is unbeatable.  It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry, in this way, was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be.  That doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future, at all.  I couldn’t say enough good things about him.  He’s one of the smartest guys, and one of the best writers around.”

Well now we know. Do you think Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, and Disney can bring Episode VII in by the end of 2015?

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ElBaz13 11/7/2013 11:32:54 AM

Makes sense but also sounds like a diplomatic response.

But on that note, Arndt is the "it" guy now and probably has a lot on his plate and no time. Kasdan hasn't done much, therefore100% commited.

CalamityJohnson 11/7/2013 11:41:11 AM

My mistake. I thought this was a posting re: Ardst, Arnsdt, Arns (spelling?) from Lost, as in Hurley, "You've got Arnsdt on you," following poor Arnsdt being blown to smithereens by leaking dynamite.

hanso 11/7/2013 12:19:39 PM

 Arzt.  Leslie Arzt.

wish 11/7/2013 12:39:56 PM

They absolutely can bring this in on time, that's the real reason why they've shifted writing duties here!  Why wait until 1 guy is done to have the director and other writers make their adjustments, get started on it now so you aren't delaying filming to re-write scenes!  And it won't be the end of 2015, at least it shouldn't be, there is almost no reason why they couldn't have a finished product ready to roll out on screens with more than 18months lead time!!  If working out the story and writing the script are the most time consuming part (and it always is) then this thing has got to be almost done, they've been working on it for a very long time now! 

Wiseguy 11/7/2013 3:20:13 PM

Sounds like lead, follow or get the hell out of the way and they opted for the latter.

I read they already settled on Dec 18 2015 for its release. Now let's see who blinks first, Star Wars or Avatar

wish 11/7/2013 3:58:35 PM

Wiseguy is right, the release date has been officially announced as December 18, 2015


wish 11/7/2013 3:59:13 PM

that'll be a helluva staring match!

Wiseguy 11/7/2013 4:06:41 PM

Oh wait I just did a double check but Avatar 2 doesn't have an official release yet. I thought it had already been slated for Dec 2015.

ignitethepages 11/7/2013 4:13:22 PM

I hope they take their time and do it right.  This movie is going to have really high expectations and they need to deliver. 

Miner49er 11/7/2013 6:17:17 PM

So if it was pushed to a December release, does this mean it will have cameos by Art Carney and Bea Arthur?

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