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The new Star Wars film has shuffled its writers a bit with Lawrence Kasdan moving from consultant to co-writer and replacing writer Michael Arndt (who was working off an outline written by George Lucas). Kasdan was a writer on The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, but he also worked on the story for the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire novel and video game.
Arndt has writing credits on films like Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3, but will no longer be involved in the writing of Star Wars: Episode VII. In an post on the official Star Wars website, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, "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 post also confirms that pre-production tasks for the film like location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are all underway.
Director J.J. Abrams recently expressed disappointment in the latest Star Trek game, which he was initially involved in. Abrams has also worked with, and continues to work with Valve, on mysterious projects.
We've barely learned anything concrete about the new Star Wars film, let alone a video game related to it, but we're hopeful to see what the future hold for the interactive side of Star Wars.
[Source: Star Wars, via Aint It Cool]
Our TakeAbrams clearly has an appreciation of what makes a good video game, even if he hasn't had a chance to prove himself in that medium quite yet, and Kasdan has had some limited experience with video games. Their focus is on the film, but their backgrounds inspire some hope for the future of video games based on Star Wars.
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"Co-wroter?" I could tell this article was written by Kyle just from the preview text! :-p
And hope for the movies too if they get the guys who made most of the good movies from back then.
May the force be with Lawrence.
Good luck to Kasden.
I just want this movie to be good. When you're dealing with a franchise like STAR WARS, and especially EP VII, it's going to have un-achievable standards from fans from the get go no matter who's writing or directing. J.J. is one of the best sci-fi/fanstasy minds in Hollywood imo and I think he'll deliver
Good move with Kasdan, his body of work speaks for itself. I'm really hoping Star Wars 1313 would be revisited it had so much potential!
I miss playing Shadows of the Empire, it was a great game.
First of all, Shadows of the Empire was an absolutely awesome game. I really want to see some kind of release on the Virtual Console or PSN or something for it, although I'm aware it's the longest of long shots.
Second, while I'm disappointed Michael Arndt is no longer attached, having Kasdan fully on board is about as good as it gets for Star Wars fans. The man understands the universe and will not disappoint.
I still play Shadows of the Empire regularly. One of my favorite games for the N64.
My brother played this game on our PC back in the day. It was probably the greatest game ever made.
I would much rather them worry about the film first and video game 2nd. I rarely ever play any video games based off a movie. The Godfather was fun but I can't think of another I enjoyed. Sounds like this is a negative thing, losing the writer from some of the best movies of all time. I really think Disney is going to do a good job with the franchise, I am really happy with how they have handled Marvel.
I hope Kasdan can bring the spirit of Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders to the new Star Wars film. They're some of my favorite films of all time, but I'm unfamiliar with most of his work since the early 80's. Ultimately, as long as Abrams and him keep Lucas in his consulting role and as far away from set as possible, Episode VII should be fine.
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Interesting. I read Shadows of the Empire and it wasn't bad. Not my favorite Star Wars novel, but still a pretty good one. Since he's worked on other Star Wars films before, the movies should be pretty promising (and video games of course).
Sounds like a massive improvement, though the fact Michael Arndt working on Toy Story 3 shows he can do drama very well. it honestly was somehow a lonely movie despite the great number of characters. The worry of the character's were well portrayed and it had a sweet ending. Oddly enough the ending kind of showed the worth.