Star Wars sequel gets new writers

By Lombardo David
Friday, October 25, 2013

Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt has been replaced as the writer of "Star Wars: Episode VII," according to Entertainment Weekly.

He is being replaced by the film's director, J.J. Abrams, and Lawrence Kasden, who wrote "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and two Star Wars movies, "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."

It's not clear yet whether fans eagerly anticipating the 2015 release of the film should be worried by the change. On the plus side, large feature films often have multiple writers and you couldn't ask for someone with a better pedigree than Kasden or the vision of Abrams. On the other hand, too many chefs in the kitchen often has a negative impact on big budget movies and I was excited about what Arndt could bring to the job, especially based on the heart he brought to "Toy Story 3."

The story by Entertainment Weekly includes a statement from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who was upbeat about the change. “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."

She added that Arndt had done a terrific job advancing the story to the point it is at now.

According to the film's imdb page, no one has been cast yet, although some of the stars from the original series are rumored to make cameo appearance.

This film is scheduled to be the first in a final trilogy, with Lucas initially envisioning the series as three trilogies. My guess is we'll see another Star Wars movie in the future if "Star Wars: Episode IX" makes any money at all.

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