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STAR WARS EPISODE VII – JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan to pen script

News has hit that Michael Arndt of Toy Story 3 fame has been dropped from Star Wars Episode VII. Instead JJ Abrams  and Lawrence Kasdan have  decided to take up the gauntlet. Director Abrams is now writing the  screenplay as well as directing the latest iteration of the Sci-Fi epic.

JJ Abram’s screen writing credits include Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Fringe and Lost. Lawrence Kasdan is a veteran of a ton of Lucasfilms properties over the  years. His  credits include writing the  screenplay for Raiders of  the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. With  these kind of credits behind him I have faith him as part of the new screen writing team, I am disappointed  that Michael Arndt won’t be apart of it though. I think we can all agree Toy Story 3 had some of the best dialogue and had genuine heart to it  something STAR WARS EPISODE VII is going to need  to buckets.

Lucasfilm executives however feel differently and believe they are on to a winning formula with Kasdan co-screenwriting with Abrams. “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.”

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Much of the  production is under-way as we speak with location scouting, production design, casting and costume design already under-way for STAR WARS EPISODE VII. A diverse  team of artists, photographers, costume designers and special effects consultants are all working to bring the latest instalment of the Sci-Fi  anthology to our screens, not only that but  John Williams is returning to score STAR WARS EPISODE VII, his  credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Superman, Jaws and many many more.

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

Here is the official press release from Lucasfilm:

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.

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Graham Day

Graham Day

I am a geek first and foremost. I love animation, film and comics. I live in Dublin, Ireland and love it. I have met so many amazing people over the years, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Mark Millar and Scott Snyder to name but a few. I love to sketch, write and talk about geek news. I went to college for five years, three years animation and two years communication and media. All opinions are my own so I hope they're witty and original, I'm fairly certain they're not.

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