J.J. Abrams takes over Star Wars writing duties

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 October 2013
J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams

'Star Wars Episode VII' director J.J. Abrams will re-write the movie with Lawrence Kasdan, Lucasfilm has announced. It appears previous writer Michael Arndt has left the project

J.J. Abrams will re-write 'Star Wars Episode VII' with Lawrence Kasdan.

The film's director is set to pen a new script for the upcoming sci-fi movie, Lucasfilm has confirmed.

It appears as though 'Toy Story 3' writer Michael Arndt - who had originally been hired to write the script - has left the project.

Kasdan previously wrote Indiana Jones movie 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and co-wrote 'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strike Backs' and 'Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi'. He had been hired in a consulting capacity for the new film.

In a statement, 'Star Wars' producer Kathleen Kennedy said: "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."

The movie is expected to begin filming in spring 2014 for a May 2015 release date.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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