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article image'Star Wars: Episode VII' screenwriter exits, two take over

By Andrew Ellis     Oct 26, 2013 in Entertainment
There has been a shake-up with the new "Star Wars" movie. Two new writers, both familiar with writing blockbuster scripts, are taking over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt.
According to, the screenwriting responsibilities will go to the movie's director, J.J. Abrams, and Lawrence Kasdan.
It was announced last year that Arndt would be the lone writer of the highly anticipated new movie, according to His other works include Toy Story 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which hits theaters in November, and Little Miss Sunshine, which earned him an Oscar. The announcement excited fans, according to, because they felt he would be able to bring the "emotional depth" of his previous work to the the Star Wars universe.
The new scribes, however, aren't exactly rookies when it comes to writing big hits.
Abrams has written the screenplays for many box office hits including Mission Impossible III and Armageddon, as well many successful TV shows, according to Mashable.
Mashable also mentioned that Kasdan, who is responsible for writing Raiders of the Lost Ark, has early ties to the Jedi universe. He wrote the fourth and fifth drafts of The Empire Strikes Back making him responsible for many of the movie's famous lines. For Return of the Jedi he was involved in the "brainstorming and drafting process." reported that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy released a statement regarding the sudden change:
“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.”
Filming is still set to commence in 2014 with a release date scheduled for 2015, according to
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