It would appear that there has been a disturbance in the force. Lucasfilm announced yesterday that Director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, are taking over the duty of writing the screenplay for the next Star Wars film; a job that was once tasked to screenwriter Michael Arndt, who is responsible for such films as Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story.
Before becoming the director and producer that we know him as today, he started out as a screenwriter working on such projects as Armageddon and Regarding Henry.
As many of you followers of the force already know Lawrence Kasdan has quite a history with the Star Wars franchise. After all, he did write the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
While the film is tentatively slated for a 2015 release date, no one date has been set in stone.
In the official press release, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy feels that the change is a positive move in the right direction.
“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “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.”
In even more good news, John Williams will in fact be returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set to begin shooting in the Spring of 2014.