J.J. Abrams Says Timing Was The Reason He And Lawrence Kasdan Took Over ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Screenplay Duties

By November 7, 2013


So back in October, Lucasfilm announced that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan would be taking over script writing duties from Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Fans were definitely pretty psyched to have Kasdan, who also co-wrote the screenplays for Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, in the mix (since he was originally working on other Star Wars-related projects), but there was a lot of speculation as to why Arndt was relieved of duties. Especially after it was rumored that the script was getting pretty much a complete reboot.

Now Abrams has given us a reason why this pretty monumental change was made. No big scandals here, just a matter of practicality. According to Deadline, Abrams had this to say,

“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.”

Abrams was careful, however, to not slight Arndt, who wrote the treatment and first draft of the screenplay.

“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. [This] doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future. He is one of the best writers around.”

Abrams sure is a nice guy, but I think it’s pretty clear he just didn’t like the script. I’m all for making the movie awesome though, so you do what you gotta do J.J.! Shooting will begin in the UK in early 2014, with a release date set for 2015.

What do you think of the switch? Do you buy this reason? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.