As we wait to find out what new cast members may join Star Wars: Episode 7 and what cast members may return, the latest announcement about the film suggests we might be waiting for a while for that news. Today it was made public that the script for the latest Star Wars movie will be written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
This is kind of a huge deal (and we don’t mean that in a Ron Burgundy way). Michael Arndt was the original credited writer, and then it was announced that Lucasfilm was bringing in both Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinburg to write and produce future installments. What this sounds like is that the Arndt draft has either been totally scrapped or reworked so thoroughly that very little of his work remains. At the end of the day, this is good news for a number of reasons.
The biggest is that if they weren’t happy with what they had, then Abrams and Kasdan should have definitely taken over. The other big reason is that Kasdan worked on both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as a screenwriter, and so the only people who have more original trilogy cred behind the scenes than Kasdan is George Lucas. And getting back to the OT roots was surely a priority for everyone involved.
The question now is if this is something that was just settled for legal purposes, or if they’re still working. Perhaps they have a finished draft, and this is being announced now so there’s no drama down the road (Arndt will likely get a “Story by” credit, a huge bag money, or both). But as there’s been a sense the film wouldn’t be ready for Summer 2015, if they’re still working they may not be ready for Winter 2015 and it makes a release date in 2016 a real possibility.
Are you happy Lawrence Kasdan is co-writing the new Star Wars?