It’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.
This is something that I never thought would happen. When the Star Wars prequels came to an end, it was pretty common knowledge then, that George Lucas was done with Star Wars films. Back in high school, I would talk with friends about how there would eventually be nine films. Now it’s happening, and there is more planned after that.
There has been a lot announced since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm was announced on October 30, 2012. Nothing specific about the stories yet, but I’ll write more about what the stories mean for the expanded universe in another entry in this series.
Who is writing Star Wars: Episodes 7, 8 and 9?