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Episode VII Writer Change

Kasdan and Abrams are taking over

By Robert T. Trate     October 24, 2013
Source: Variety

Episode VII arrives in 2015
© Lucasfilm Ltd./ Disney

Here is a bit of earth shaking news. Star Wars.com and Disney have released the news that “J.J. Abrams and Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties on Star Wars: Episode VII, replacing Toy Story 3 -scribe Michael Arndt, who was originally hired to pen the project”.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had this to say on the subject: “I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a ‘Star Wars’ story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

So was the script not progressing to where Abrams, Kennedy, and Disney wanted it to be? This could also be in part that Kasdan was hired to write Episode VIII and now he has to tie the stories together? Perhaps it is just the right moment to start adding the dialogue? We may never know the truth. 

Sound off below Maniacs! 

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios, in the U.K., for an expected 2015 release.

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SarcasticCaveman 10/24/2013 5:33:06 PM

 Regarding the change itself - LOVE IT.

Regarding the possibility for the original release date - I have a bad feeling about this.


almostunbiased 10/24/2013 5:36:31 PM

Kasdan is a huge deal.  This could be really something now.  I'm pretty excited about this for the first time.  My guess is he is going to make this better than it was and I'm not trying to take anything away from Mike.

axia777 10/24/2013 5:48:12 PM

 I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy and were suddenly calmed. I feel something awesome has happened.

Wiseguy 10/24/2013 5:53:58 PM

tick tock tick tock

2015 is almost here and this doesn't exactly fill me with confidence

kinetoscope 10/24/2013 8:36:49 PM

I am okay with this, the two people who will move both 7 & 8 forward will be fully in charge of both.

wish 10/25/2013 4:49:03 AM

I too was quite worried with the time frame regarding production and eventual release date, but lets do some math real quick here.......2 months to go until production begins, that's not a lot of time to write anything but we don't know how far ahead they are, assuming nearly done since they've had a long lead time already.  Let's assume they take a very long time to shoot this film, 5 months, that takes them into May....and leaves them with 1 full year for post work and reshoots.......nowadays it doesn't seem so impossible that they could get this done.  Back when the prequel trilogies were being done and even up until a few years ago, the most time consuming part of any project involving critical fx shots was the actual rendering of those shots digitally.  That process on the most powerful home computers would take years and years!  But they have entire floors of buildings filled with supercomputers designed for that one purpose so they've shortened that waiting period by a huge margin these days.  I think they could pull it off, I hope they do cuz we all know that you don't delay a film by a few days or even a few weeks when target dates become less likely, you delay for at least 6 months, sometimes a year!!!  Let's hope that doesn't happen, and besides, the one constant thru the last year of SW news has been the eventual release date!

DarthBob 10/25/2013 5:11:56 AM

Rut roh; the wheels are falling off the bus.  They are running out of time to complete production and the post production editing process. I expect an announcement soon that SW:EPVII will be pushed into 2016.

ElBaz13 10/25/2013 5:23:01 AM

Bleeding Cool had a rumour several months ago that Disney/Lucasfilm was toying with a holiday November 2015 release.

Holiday season still has huge money makers (LOTR, Avatar, Titanic). Plus Avengers is the big 2015 Disney summer movie. Releasing Star Wars on the usualy Memorial Day weekend would just take away some of Avengers 2 revenue.


Dazzler 10/25/2013 7:37:01 AM

I don't get why these movies are so hard to write with all the background material out there and books, fan suggestions.  Same thing with the Marvel movies, they just think too much what's going to appeal to every demo audience. 

ElBaz13 10/25/2013 8:03:39 AM

Keep in mind, Arndt was hired prior to the Lucasfilm sale to Disney and already had a 40-50 page story treatment done.

But a new regime comes in and they want to do it their way. You see it happen often in Hollywood. Actually, you even see it sports too when new GMs come in and have to deal with coaching staffs from the previous GM.

Common practice.

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