Star Wars VII: New Screenwriters On BoardBy: Tobias Roth - October 25, 2013
In news that should be exciting for fans of the original trilogy, Star Wars episode VII will now have its script written by Lawrence Kasdan, and J.J. Abrams, who is directing the film.
Now, of course this next trilogy has stirred up quite a controversy for the die hard fan base of the original films that were released, after believing that series was ruined with episodes 1-3.
Lucasfilm announced on Thursday that Michael Arndt, who had previously written Toy Story 3, would be exiting his screenwriting duties for the film. For those that do not know, Lucasfilm was bought out by Disney, and as a result turned to Toy Story 3‘s writer, although with him gone, this should be good for the series’ original fans.
It should excite fans of the original trilogy that Kasdan has come in to replace him, since he also co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi with George Lucas. He also wrote the script for Raiders of The Lost Ark.
J.J. Abrams might just have what it takes to revive the series and bring in the loyal fans of the original Star Wars films with Star Wars Episode VII. There is also a plan in place to add episodes VIII and IX to the series. Abrams has already proven to have great success with his TV series’, Lost and Alias, as well as the revival of Star Trek.
Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm is very excited about the new additions to the script-writing team, and mentioned that “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.”
The filming of Star Wars VII is scheduled to begin in the spring at Pinewood Studios, with a release date set for 2015. However, if the script needs too much more work to be done on it, a release date in 2016 may be more likely. John Williams, who became famous for writing the music for the original Star Wars films, will also be returning to write the score.