By Will Ashton
It appears that there has been a disturbance in the force, at least when it comes to screenwriting on the upcoming sequel.
After rumors began being spread that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, the man who co-wrote Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI-Return of the Jedi, have taken over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3), LucasFilm has official announced that these rumors are true.
In an official statement, 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.”
So, essentially, Arndt will likely get a story credit, while Abrams and Kasdan will be the ones who will be credited with writing the screenplay.
Star Wars: Episode VII was supposed to start filming in early 2014 for a summer 2015 release, but, due to this, the production start date has been moved to spring 2014. The film is now expected to be released in the later months of 2015, if it is coming out in 2015 at all.