Back in October, we were somewhat taken aback that original screenwriter Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) was pulled his position as writer of the massively anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII and replaced by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill…seriously, do I need to keep going?). While Kasdan’s presence was surely a comfort (please, hold off from making Dreamcatcher jokes), it made many question the behind-the-scenes stability of the newest Star Wars trilogy.
But have no fear, as J.J. Abrams has arrived to totally allay any and all fears you may have with a wholly calculated non-answer as to why the screenwriter shakeup happened. During a press event for the upcoming Almost Human show, Abrams noted that rushed production schedule lead to the change:
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. Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable…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. [This event] doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future, he is one of the best writers around.
This super-polite answer isn’t the most revealing in the world, unless you want to slightly paranoid and infer that it actually reveals a lot by revealing nothing. And since this is the internet, it’s more than likely that you will (hey, we are).
What do you think of the Star Wars news?