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