The New Star Wars Trilogy, Episodes VII – IX: J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Writing Screenplay

Star Wars: The New Trilogy - J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Writing ScreenplayIt’s kind of a good news/bad news situation for the new Star Wars film, Episode VII.  The bad news is that Michael Arndt is no longer writing the screenplay.  However, his work has not been for nothing, as they are merely taking over from where he left off.  It’s also likely that they’ll go back through everything he’s written, making changes whenever and wherever necessary.  We probably won’t know until the film gets closer to release whether Arndt will be credited in any way.

The good news is that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are the writers that are taking over the screenwriting duties.  J.J. Abrams is, of course, the creator of many of the best TV shows of the last decade.  Lawrence Kasdan is a name that, if you know Star Wars history, you’ll recognize as the screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  It’s been a while since his words have been spoken in a Star Wars film, and kind of sad that he didn’t get to take a few passes on each of the Star Wars prequels.  However, that is changing with the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.  Kasdan is now at work on the new film, and I couldn’t be more excited about it than I am now.

Read the rest of this entry »

Standalone Star Wars: The Spin-offs Begin, Kasdan and Kinberg are writing

Standalone Star WarsToday, there was official confirmation from the head of Disney Bob Iger, that there will be spin-off films in the Star Wars cinematic universe.  What does this mean?  Well, what we previously thought may not be true (that remains to be seen, with this news).  We thought that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were going to be the screenwriters on Episodes VIII and IX, and that might still be true, as no writers have been announced at this time for those films.  They will be consulting on those films, as they are on Episode VII currently.  However, they will be pretty busy developing their own screenplays following individual characters in the Star Wars universe.

Read the rest of this entry »