October 24, 2013 – Almost one year ago (November 9, 2012, to be exact), Oscar-winning writer Michael Arndt was selected to draft the screenplay for “Star Wars: Episode VII”. Now comes surprising news that he has either departed or been let go, and that the script will be totally revised.
Lucasfilm announced today: “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.’
According to the website Badass Digest, Abrams and Kasdan are doing far more than a revision of the script. They are starting over from square one. The website reports that “This isn’t a rewrite, this is a completely different movie with different main characters.”