Speaking of content, my buddy over at IGN Stax attended the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards, where they honored writer-director Lawrence Kasdan with their hall of fame award. Simon Kinberg was also in the house. Kinberg is working with Kasdan as a writer/producer/consultant on the new Star Wars trilogy as well as some of the standalone Star Wars movies that are in the works. I’m personally excited that Kasdan is back because in my opinion, he wrote the best Star Wars movie – The Empire Strikes Back. Being the good journalist that Stax is, of course he asked both Kasdan and Kinberg about the upcoming Star Wars films! Below is preview from each of their interviews.
IGN: What can you tell fans about this new version that you’re working on? There are so many rumors going around.
Kasdan: They’re going to be fun. J.J. (Abrams)’s a great director for the first sequel. Perfect. We’re very happy to have him. The writers I’ve been working with — Michael Arndt, who’s going to write the sequel, and Simon Kinberg, who has, like me, been sort of consulting — they’re great. I’ve never really collaborated a lot, and I’ve never been a room with a bunch of writers thinking, “Well, what should this thing be?” It’s fun. It’s really fun. And J.J.’s a writer. Yeah, lovely guy. I’d met him but didn’t know him. But now I’m totally enamored by him. He’s really funny and so enthusiastic.
IGN: I know you’re not going to spill any beans about Star Wars, but what do you think of this geyser of rumors that have come out about these standalone movies? Do you find it surprising that stuff is sort of getting out there now?
Kinberg: I understand the interest in the movies, because I would be interested and I am interested as a pure fan. I’ve never seen a level of attention for a movie that isn’t in theaters yet as I have for Star Wars movies, and I understand why, because they are arguably the greatest stories and the biggest cultural benchmark of our time. They’re, for our generation, the movies that made many of us want to get into movies in the first place. So there is a level of passion and emotion connected to Star Wars that may be greater than other franchises. I try to not worry about speculation about the movies. I just think it’s great that there’s excitement about the movies. I’ve worked on movies where you have to generate excitement. This is one where the excitement is built in.
Good stuff. For the rest of their interviews, head on over to IGN to read the full version!
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