‘Star Wars Episode 7′ — Lawrence Kasdan Wants to “Start Fresh”
There was much fanboy rejoicing when is was learned that Lawrence Kasdan was on board to write a new ‘Star Wars’ spin-off movie and consult on ‘Star Wars Episode 7.’ After all, this is the man who wrote ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ a movie that isn’t just the best ‘Star Wars’ movie, but one of the best science fiction movies ever made. Although the full details of whatever Kasdan is working on (a Yoda movie? Young Han Solo?) are buried in an underground bunker somewhere, he recently spoke about his involvement in the new films.
The LA Times caught up with the prolific Kasdan (who also wrote classics like ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and ‘Body Heat’) and got him to share his basic vision for his top secret project. His words should be music to the ears of ‘Star Wars’ fans everywhere:
âIâm trying to start fresh…There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that theyâve been missing, and weâre hoping to bring them that, and at the same time, have them feel that itâs all new.â
That sounds like a not-so-quiet acknowledgment that the prequel trilogy was lacking and that everyone is aware of it. Knowing what didn’t work in episodes one, two and three is just as important as knowing what worked in the original trilogy if the new films are going to be up to par. Still, Kasdan mentions that it was ‘Star Wars’ creator and figure of great geekÂ controversyÂ George Lucas who initially brought him on board the new films:
âGeorge sort of brought me into this part of it, and heâs stepping back from the company…Heâs sort of given his blessing to everybody, and heâll be there if you need him. I think everyoneâs interested to see where this can go. Itâs been some very different places over 30 years…I think with J.J., weâll get something entirely new.â
Finally, Kasdan got into the nitty gritty of why the first three ‘Star Wars’ films are so beloved and why ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ is valued above all others. It really feels like his corner of the future ‘Star Wars’ universe is in good hands:
âThe ones I worked on were a long time ago, and they had a slightly different feeling than the ones that followed…The first three, âStar Wars,â âEmpireâ and âReturn of the Jediâ are all sort of more aboutÂ peopleÂ than the ones that followed. âEmpireâ appeals to people, I think, because itâs the second act of a three-act play, and everything sort of goes to hell during the movie. And when you leave, everyone is in trouble, and that is the best part of the story to write. And people responded to it. Irvin Kershner was a completely different kind of director than George, so the movieâs much darker than the first âStar Wars.â Itâs more edgy.â
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