J.J. Abrams On Why He And Lawrence Kasdan Took Over The STAR WARS VII Script
It was a bit of a surprise when it was announced that Michael Arndt would no longer be writing the Star Wars VII script and J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan would be taking over. With rumors that the film was pressed for time and was looking to get a 2016 release date instead of the 2015 one Disney is dead set on, many thought the script change was a bad sign. Well Abrams has finally talked about the script writing shake-up and why it was necessary.
Talking to Deadline during a media press conference for his new show Almost Human, Abrams said there wasn’t a problem with Arndt, there was a problem with time:
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. That doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future. He is one of the best writers around.
Kasdan worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and even Raiders of the Lost Ark. His inclusion for Episode VII was a welcome bit of news for Star Wars fans, so that helped ease some worry about the script being in trouble. Abrams is reportedly optimistic that the film will be done in time, so with filming beginning next year hopefully things will fall into place. This isn’t much different than what other films go through, but this being Star Wars and all it has more eyes on it than other films. Any news that shows things might not be going super smooth makes some think the sky is falling. I don’t think the sky is falling, but the clock certainly is ticking. What do you think about Abrams’ comments?
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Source : Deadline