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J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Take Over Writing 'Star Wars Episode VII'

By Anthony Pearson Oct 25, 2013, 2:33 GMT

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Take Over Writing 'Star Wars Episode VII'

Star Wars returns in 2015 and will pick up sometime after the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi." Under the new owner ship of Walt Disney Pictures, expect "Star Wars: Episode VII" to be the first of many new Star Wars movies. ...more

Lucasfilm have announced that writer Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is no longer involved in writing the screenplay for "Star Wars Episode 7" (Star Wars Episode VII to all you lovers of Latin). Director J.J. Abrams will take over screenwriting duties alongside "Empire Strikes Back" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" scripter Lawrence Kasdan.

The press release from Lucasfilm follows;

As "Episode VII" continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and serving as co-screenwriter for "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams' credits include "Super 8," "Mission: Impossible III," "Fringe," and "Lost." 

"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." 

Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on "Episode VII." A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the "Star Wars" saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel ("Mission: Impossible III," "Star Trek"), production designers Rick Carter ("Lincoln," "Avatar") and Darren Gilford ("Oblivion," "TRON: Legacy"), costume designer Michael Kaplan ("Star Trek Into Darkness," "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"), special effects supervisor Chris Corbould ("Skyfall," "The Dark Knight Rises"), sound designer Ben Burtt ("Lincoln," "Star Wars: Episodes I-VI"), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom ("Jurassic Park," "Saving Private Ryan"), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood ("Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Master") of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett ("Star Trek Into Darkness," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End") of Industrial Light & Magic. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "Star Trek Into Darkness") and Jason McGatlin ("Tintin," "War of the Worlds") serving as executive producers.  John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII. 

Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release.

Well there it is, little detail has actually been officially revealed regarding the new Star Wars movie, though strong casting rumours have pointed towards the return of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

Stay tuned to M&C for more Star Wars news as it comes in.



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