Did you sense a disturbance in the force? Well, that would be the most recent news to come out of the Star Wars VII camp.
Michael Ardnt is out and Lawrence Kasdan is in. For many Star Wars fans this news couldn’t be better. When the story first broke that a seventh film was indeed in the works, a buzz fell over the Star wars fan base…well, actually it was more of a spontaneous, simultaneous yammering. After the latest attempt to expand the franchise, many fans were rightfully nervous as the announcement coincided with the Disney purchase of the Star Wars franchise and the writer rumored to be penning the screen play was best known for his work on Little Miss Sunshine. Memes of Luke being played by Justin Bieber abounded, and the consensus was, “Where will Disney take our beloved Star Wars?”
With the newest news being Lawrence Kasdan’s (Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) involvement, which started as murmurs of script consulting and has culminated in an official announcement that he will, indeed, be penning the screen play for the new film, the chances that fans will get a Star Wars to their liking seem to be growing exponentially.
Kasdan was quoted in the LA times as saying he is “trying to start fresh. There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that they’ve been missing, and we’re hoping to bring them that, and at the same time, have them feel that it’s all new.”
Perhaps the icing on the cake, it has also become very apparent that George Lucas, the series creator and director of the prequel films, has taken a step back from the film, much as he did with the original trilogy. This fact, among diehard fans, bodes well, as the original series success may rest on Lucas’ willingness to step away.
But what exactly does Kasdan mean when he says the film will have a new feel? According to leaked bits of information, the film will take place in the future, after the Empire has fallen, so a new version of the much loved Star Wars universe, no longer under the oppression of the Galactic Empire, is expected. But will we still get our female protagonist that whispers had spoken of? We know for sure we will at least briefly see old friends as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford have all signed on to the project, though months before Kasdan signed on to write.
More good news for fans came in the form of yet another hint dropped by the writer when he said “The first three, ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Empire’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’ are all sort of more about people than the ones that followed.” The lack of real chemistry between the characters and a focus on special effects over story were among the complaints regarding the last three Star Wars films (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith) and perhaps Kasdan’s writing style, which often focuses on the human relationships of his characters, means fans will get a little more heart in their story.
One can expect that the new film will not look like the classics, Abrams style is too clean for that, but in an age following the defeat of the Empire one would hope to see that galaxy cleaned up a bit. No doubt this is far from the end of the continuing saga of Star Wars VII, still firmly in pre-production, but the news that has trickled out is certainly hopeful.
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