JJ Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan Take Over Writing Duties For STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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While the numerous rumors of which actors are up for a role in the upcoming seventh installment in one of the most successful film franchises in history continue to run rampant, the project continues with the writing process. For some time now, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt has been working on the script for the film. However, it looks as though a new duo will be taking over from here. The film’s director, JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who has worked on several other films in the franchise, will be taking on the project according to Lucasfilm executive Kathleen Kennedy. Arndt will no longer be receiving writing credits for the project.

“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. 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. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

On the surface, this looks to be a good thing, as it will have a similar feel to the three films that made the franchise what it is. Add to that the more modern storytelling abilities of Abrams and you should have a pretty decent set up. It couldn’t be any worse than the prequels, right?

But there’s more news coming out now. According to Bad Ass Digest, the new writing duo will not be doing a rewrite of the script, but will be penning an entirely new story, focusing on an entirely new set of characters. If you’ll remember a while back, it was rumored that JJ Abrams was going to walk away from the film, partly because of the script that Arndt had turned it. If what B.A. Digest reports is true, it looks as though Abrams got his way. Especially if Arndt is no longer receiving any writing credits. This also explains why we haven’t received any solid news on the project as we expected. This also brings up the question of what roles Michael B. Jordan and Saoirse Ronan have been reading for. Quite the story unfolding here.

With this news, don’t be shocked to hear that the film’s release date is bumped to 2016 rather than the already crowded 2015. Kathleen Kennedy stated today that the film is still scheduled for the earlier date, with production scheduled to begin next spring. We’ll keep an eye on this one for you, so be sure to check back for more updates.

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Source : Deadline