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J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Taking Over as Writers of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
24 October 2013

Dual production designers to realize the newest 'Star Wars' worlds

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Since the project's early days, the screenwriter for Star Wars: Episode VII was pegged as Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt. The Star Wars website has announced this is no longer the case, and that the film will now be written by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Fans of the saga know Kasdan's name well; he was one of the writers on The Empire Strikes Back as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark, and had previously been earmarked as a writer and consultant for other new films in the Star Wars saga. Abrams, of course, started as a writer, with credits like Lost, Fringe, Alias, and Super 8 to his name.

The blog post also announced the majority of the behind-the-scenes crew for Episode VII. Working on the film will be Abrams' director of photography Dan Mindel (Star Trek Into Darkness), costume designer Michael Kaplan (Fight Club), as well as two production designers: Rick Carter (Avatar, Lincoln) and Darren Gilford (Oblivion and Tron: Legacy). Going with dual production designers isn't unheard of but it is unusual; the sheer amount of environments and design work needed for this kind of project — married with the relatively short lead time the production is facing — likely factored into the decision.

Chris Corbould (Inception) will serve as special effects supervisor, while Industrial Light & Magic's Roger Guyett — who's worked on such films as Star Trek Into Darkness and Revenge of the Sith — will be visual effects supervisor. On the sound side, the crew will include re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic Park) and supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (There Will Be Blood). It had already been confirmed that John Williams will be returning to score the film.

It's not immediately clear why Arndt — a celebrated writer in his own right — is handing off the reins. Whether it's due to scheduling, creative differences, or something else entirely, the addition of Kasdan will no doubt please fans of the series (naming Abrams feels more like the codification of a collaboration that was likely already happening in the first place). "I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy writes in a statement. "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."

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to begin shooting in Spring of next year at Pinewood Studios, with a release expected in 2015.

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J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Take Control of 'Star Wars' Script as Spring Start Date Approaches
24 October 2013

Today's news just makes official something we've been saying for months

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Honestly, this may be the least surprising story we'll run all month.

I have no doubt Michael Arndt's work will be the spine of "Star Wars Episode VII" when we finally see the film, but from day one, it sounds like there's been a larger brain trust involved, a group of writers who have all had some sort of active hand in the process. At this point, Arndt's been on the film for a while, and they've got to be getting close to putting everything in front of the camera. I would be shocked, frankly, if JJ Abrams didn't do at least one pass at the script just so he's comfortable that the final version is something that represents his voice.

Of course, there's a larger master to serve here, and that's where Lawrence Kasdan comes in. Abrams has spoken in print about trying to recapture the intangible essence of "Star Wars," and if there's anybody whose name is not "George Lucas" who is qualified to decide what is or isn't "Star Wars," it's Kasdan. His voice helped define "The Empire Strikes Back" in a fairly significant way, and having him in the mix has been the thing that has had me most excited about these new films so far.

There has been some talk, hard to substantiate, that there was a fairly major internal divide over some big story points, and this would seem to indicate that Abrams has won whatever struggle there was about the direction these stories are heading. Considering how quiet things have been on the "Star Wars" front in terms of actual concrete news and not just speculation, fans have started to worry. If you've been reading press release language as long as I have, the following paragraph is positively laden with subtext:

"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."

What she's really saying is, "Okay, enough debate. We've picked which direction we're going with the story, and it's the JJ direction. He's on the film, Arndt is off. Lawrence Kadan's been here from the start, but we should remind you, he is in fact The Man. And don't worry… everyone else is already deep into pre-production, so we're going to make our date or die trying."

I'm sure we'll see all sorts of reactions today. Indignation, anxiety, accusations about ego… and the truth is, until the film opens, none of this is possible to judge from the outside. No one's read the script outside the production. No one really knows what debates they're having or why. I would argue the pressure on these filmmakers is exponentially worse than it was on George Lucas when he made "The Phantom Menace." While that was a major cultural moment of anticipation, he was facing nothing but goodwill while he was working. People were excited. Everyone wanted to believe that new "Star Wars" films were going to be awesome.

Abrams faces a much more cynical landscape. He is, to put it lightly, a polarizing figure at this point, and he is making the first after the prequels, which basically shredded "Star Wars" fandom into a million different factions. People are skeptical of "Star Wars" now, and that's always a harder thing to face as a director. You're starting out with an audience that is suspicious of you and your product. There are going to be a lot of people sitting down in theaters, arms folded, saying "Prove it."

Whatever they put in the front of the camera, Abrams has to get it to a place where he feels confident about it. He's the guy who is ultimately charged with getting it right, and who can blame him if he's insisting on as much authorial control as possible. It's the only real weapon he has in fighting all that cynicism.

According to StarWars.com, where the news broke today, "Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release." This train's leaving the station, and it is clear that at least as of today, JJ Abrams is the main hand on the controls.

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John Williams on Scoring 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
26 October 2013

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Legendary composer John Williams discusses returning to a galaxy far, far away with 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.



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Star Wars: Disney CEO Bob Iger's Firm 2015 Date Leaves 'Episode VII' Team Scrambling
31 October 2013

As Oscar winner Michael Arndt exits, producer Kathleen Kennedy sought — and was denied — a delay, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

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Disney might be experiencing a disturbance in the Force.

With the Oct. 24 exit of Star Wars: Episode VII writer Michael Arndt, the studio is under the gun to keep the film on course for a 2015 release despite a script that several insiders say isn't close to ready.

According to those close to the project, producer Kathleen Kennedy and most of the film's creative team have asked Disney to push the release to 2016, but studio CEO Robert Iger is adamant that Episode VII -- perhaps the franchise's most anticipated installment since 1999's The Phantom Menace -- not budge. That has created enormous pressure on all involved, with director J.J. Abrams stepping in to take over scripting duties with Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980's Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, considered the best film in the series.

For his part, Arndt worked exclusively on Episode VII for most of the past year and already had penned a 40- to 50-page treatment before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in October 2012. But as one of Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriters, who can command more than $300,000 a week doing rewrites, the Oscar-winning scribe (Little Miss Sunshine) was ready to move on to other projects.

Some sources say Abrams has become autocratic in recent months, wresting some casting control from Kennedy. But others disputed that notion, saying Abrams and Kennedy both have been involved in casting sessions. Unlike Kennedy, Abrams is said to be more in sync with Iger's desire to meet the 2015 release target -- which allows zero margin for error -- at all costs.

Although the 2015 schedule already is full of tentpoles including Disney/Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Warner Bros.' Superman-Batman mashup and Lionsgate's final Hunger Games, Iger has crafted a Star Wars game plan that hinges on Episode VII hitting the big screen that summer. The studio is expected to roll out Episodes VII, VIII and IX over a six-year period, with at least two spinoffs -- penned by a team including Kasdan and Simon Kinberg -- interspersed between.

Still, another project insider dismisses talk of problems and what the writer shuffle means for what is perhaps Hollywood's most valued franchise. "It's nothing out of the ordinary," says the insider. "Almost every big movie changes writers at some point. There's no drama here."

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Star Wars: Episode VII - Official Release Date

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With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm's highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, 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.



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hey! that's the date the prodigy album comes out



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J.J. Abrams: Taking Over 'Star Wars' Writing Duties with Lawrence Kasdan a Matter of Time
7 November 2013

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Changing the screenplay team on the new Star Wars movie was all about time, said JJ Abrams today. "It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be", said the 'Episode VII' director Thursday. "Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a 'Star Wars' movie is kind of unbeatable", Abrams told Deadline. The upcoming Disney project is set to be released in 2015. On October 24, it was announced that Abrams would take over the writing of the script for the upcoming new 'Star Wars' pic with 'Empire Strikes Back' co-writer Lawrence Kasdan. Oscar winner and 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' scribe Michael Arndt had been on board as writing the script based on treatments he had drafted. The new 'Star Wars' movie is set to start filming early next year in the UK. The 'Stars Wars: Episode VII' director was participating in a media conference call Thursday with his fellow 'Almost Human' EP J.H. Wyman on the upcoming Fox series.

"Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process", Abrams said of Arndt. The director also noted that while he and Kasdan have taken over the script for the first of the three new Star Wars films that Disney has planned over the next few years, "that doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future." Abrams added, "he is one of the best writers around."

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J.J. Abrams Posts First Behind-the-Scenes 'Episode VII' Pic
14 November 2013

Featuring a familiar... face?

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Were you really expecting writer / producer/ director J.J. Abrams’ first pic to give away something juicy? Seriously, given the man’s history of mystery, we’re surprised we’re seeing anything from Star Wars: Episode VII this early. Yet here, via the medium of the Bad Robot Twitter feed, is the first glimpse behind the scenes of the new film, featuring a visit from an old friend. And it’s not Harrison Ford.

Yes, hardy franchise perennial R2D2 who, along with fellow droid C-3PO has appeared in all six of the Star Wars films to date, seems set to show his… face… front plate… whatever In Episode VII. Of course, this could just be Abrams hosting one of the Star Wars universe’s most beloved icons, but we’d guess the presence of the little Astromech miracle worker means he’s likely to crop up. It would surely be rude not to have him. Presumably just off camera? C-3PO worrying about something.

Abrams is, of course, deep in pre-production, co-writing (with Lawrence Kasdan) and casting the new film, which was recently handed a December 18, 2015 release date.

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=39384



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According to multiple sources the original 3 will be central characters again (as opposed to torch bearers) for episode 7, and will be a transition to the new generation in episode 8. This being one of the reasons Abrams and kasdan are doing rewrites at this stage, and even recasting.


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Media led by hardcore Star Wars nerds refer to the three as the BIG three.. :lol:

But, i think the way J.J. is going should be doing it right to close any gaps between Ep. VI en Ep. VII.

I also read that there are rumours of a force ghost Yoda. "Yoda will appear to Luke as a Force ghost in Star Wars Episode VII to warn him about "a rising unbalance in the force and the need to preserve the Jedi."

When you think about the rumour that Agent Smith from the Matrix might be casted for Ep. VII, i can see where this unbalance is coming from.. :)

The article follows: "There is also talk amongst production that would give a nod to the previous Jedi characters in the form of holographic pictures in the new Jedi Temple.

It's said it wouldn't be anything major, but would be in a background sequence featuring holograms of Yoda, Alec McGuiness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn, Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu as well as others".

i would say that i like the idea of having a Jedi council featuring some 'previous' jedi's next to Skywalker and Leila, since no other Jedi's exists with them (i assume based on the ending of RotJ).

Edit: sources: http://www.theforce.net/story/front/Rum ... 156200.asp

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The 4 Most Important Star Wars Stories of the Year (So far)
17 January 2014

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Big news 2014 continues with more on Star Wars, specifically Episode VII and the view from the outside of the Disney/Abrams Death Star.

Everything Star Wars is locked down like nobody’s business. The Disney/Star Wars team is monitoring the internet activity of anyone with story-level involvement and access to the slightest bit of information. As we rapidly approach production, things are solidifying and Disney/Star Wars is getting ready to board the Abrams Denial Train (previous passenger Benedict KAHNberbatch).

It’s going to be dodgy territory for entertainment news reporting on Star Wars from here on out, so let’s begin by putting our cards on the table: Please pay close attention to what we are and are not reporting. Especially with something like Star Wars, we stand by what we’ve reported only as far as we can – which is to say meetings don’t always lead to castings and scripts can get tossed around or out at the drop of a hat.

Speaking of whole scripts being booted, let’s get to it.


Abrams Vs. Arndt

We’ve heard that the big difference of opinion between JJ Abrams and screenwriter Michael Arndt was the story direction of Episode VII. We know Arndt (Toy Story 3) got booted from Episode VII scripting duties and was replaced by Lawrence Kasdan with some JJ for good measure. We’ve heard that Arndt was much more into the story of the Solo kids, while JJ felt – and still feels – that this is the story of the Skywalker line.

Since Arndt walked almost all of his ideas have been tossed and Abrams/Kasdan are pursuing the Skywalker-centric version they wanted. Mark Hamill’s part has been beefed up so much he might end up shooting 6 months on the movie, our source estimated.


Plemons Is In

Jesse Plemons of Friday Night Lights [the TV series] and Breaking Bad was heavily rumored to be under consideration for a lead role in Star Wars Episode VII. We heard that this is basically a locked deal, at least as locked as anyone can be at this point.

We expect Plemons’ involvement will be announced early on, but the Disney/Star Wars PR Plemons Plan, currently, is to confirm his involvement without naming his part. So we’ll get a confirmation, but not an official confirm that Plemons is playing Ben Skywalker, Luke’s son. Plemons’ character would be the main protagonist of Episode VIII. Eight!


Boba Fett’s Ret-Con

Strap in, a lot of you aren’t going to like this.

To counter-act the prequels, the Boba Fett spin-off movie planned for 2018 has an interesting twist pitched by Episode VII writer Lawrence Kasdan: the spin-off will start with a complete stranger killing Boba Fett and taking his armor, starting a Man-With-No-Name bounty hunter tale. So: someone kills the Boba Fett from the prequels and takes his armor and name. One that is for certain is that Kasdan didn’t like the prequel and wants no Bobba Fett Clone in the spin-off film.

Sounds a lot like a Western and it sounds like it could restore a fan-favorite character that was totally a little boy with thousands of versions of his father running around. Or it could just be a lot of stupid rib-elbowing about this stranger doomed to fall into a Sarlaac pit in the most anti-climactic franchise exit ever.

Lastly I was told by 3 sources, reps etc, etc…(so call who ever you want) that Captain America director Joe Johnston is on top of the list to direct the spin-off, which makes sort of sense since he began his career as a concept artist and effects technician on the first Star Wars film. Remember now before you all go and say he’s directing the project, I never said he has the job, just that he’s on top of the list, let’s get that perfectly clear.


Obi-One. Not Two. One.

In response to a rumor that Obi-Wan would have some sort of offspring, we’re told that it’s absolutely not true. That being said, the Kenobi family will come into play. Could be niece nephew, no real details on that one. It could be a Force Ghost or a something else, we just know it’s not his daughter or grandkid.

That’s all we’ve got for you at the moment, but we’re still on the never-ending hunt for Star Wars news. Until Episode IX, or at least until they cast all of us as senators in our own New Republic Planet, we’ll be here with you.

http://latino-review.com/2014/01/the-4- ... ar-so-far/



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fuck it all guys, this is the best star wars

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Episode VII Will Be the Most Expensive Star Wars Ever
23 April 2014

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Early filming has begun on the still-untitled Star Wars Episode VII, Disney chairman Alan Horn has confirmed — and for the first time, the movie has an estimated budget, give or take $25 million.

"These large tentpole kinds of movies on the expensive side are in the neighborhood of $175 [million] to $200 [million]," Horn told Bloomberg TV in response to a question about whether "Marvel kind of money" would be spent on Episode VII.

"We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties," Horn added.

Even the lower side of that estimate would be significantly higher than the budget for George Lucas's last Star Wars movie. Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, released in 2005, cost $115 million — almost exactly the same as the budgets for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.

Budgets of blockbuster movies have skyrocketed since then, and none of the Lucas prequels are even in the top 50 most expensive movies of all time. The largest budget ever belongs to another Disney movie: 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which cost an estimated $300 million to make.

The original 1977 Star Wars had an official budget of $8.5 million (or a mere $33 million in today's money), though Lucas ended up spending around $3 million more than that.

Relative to the current movie environment, though, what Horn is proposing is almost bargain basement Star Wars. Even a $200 million budget would only put it in the top 20 or so most expensive movies of all time, level pegging with Titanic, Spider Man 2 and Toy Story 3. The Avengers, Disney/Marvel's top grossing movie of all time, required an investment of $220 million in 2012.

One thing we know about the movie's visual effects budget: it won't be going entirely to the CGI department of Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic. "We're going to be using all of the tools in the toolbox," said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy last summer, confirming that the movies would use "model makers, real droids, artwork you can touch and feel" in combination with digital effects.

Kennedy also had some choice words for those other big budget blockbusters. "When you're making huge popular culture, it’s really hard to get right," she said. "If you don’t pay attention to the foundation of these stories, and spend the time you need to find unique stories, complicated stories, after a while the audience gets tired."

Will Episode VII have $200 million worth of story, then? We won't know until it's released on December 18, 2015. But Horn confirms that "second-unit shooting" is underway in Abu Dhabi, confirming fan rumors on that location, and that Lucasfilm will be ready to make some casting announcements "very soon."

http://mashable.com/2014/04/23/episode- ... ys-disney/



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Star Wars: Episode VII - Cast
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New Actors:
- John Boyega
- Daisy Ridley
- Adam Driver
- Oscar Isaac
- Andy Serkis
- Domhnall Gleeson
- Max von Sydow

Old Actors:
- Harrison Ford
- Carrie Fisher
- Mark Hamill
- Anthony Daniels
- Peter Mayhew
- Kenny Baker



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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Cast Revealed, Arndt and Lucas Not Mentioned
29 April 2014

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After all the speculation over recent months, Disney and Lucasfilm – whose leaders Robert Iger and Kathleen Kennedy have joined forces – announced the cast of J.J. Abrams' $200-million "Star Wars" movie on Facebook and Starwars.com.

John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.

Lucasfilm plans a May 2014 start date for a release on December 18, 2015. As ever, the "Star Wars" timeline is complex, so the team needed to map their schedule far in advance. Iger recently revealed that the new 'Star Wars iteration would be set 30 years after 1983's 'Return of the Jedi'.

Abrams stated:

"We are so excited to finally share the cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud."

'Star Wars: Episode VII' is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Abrams and his producing partner Bryan Burk are producing for Bad Robot with Kennedy as exec producer for Lucasfilm. Abrams and 'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi' scribe Lawrence Kasdan did a rewrite on the script by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt ('Toy Story 3'). The announcement does not mention Arndt's name – that will be an interesting WGA arbitration. He worked on script for quite a while before getting bumped. Also not mentioned in the announcement: retired Lucasfilm founder and original 'Star Wars' writer-director George Lucas, who was one of the first Hollywood players to interact directly with his fanbase.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/star-wars-cast-revealed



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