J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have taken over as scribes for Disney’s upcoming Star Wars film. The two are taking over from Michael Arndt, the Oscar winner who wrote Little Miss Sunshine and the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
“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.”
There’s no doubt that these Abrams and Kasdan are good choices to pen the film. Kasdan, who wrote the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark, also served as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Abrams’ talents are widely known.
Episode VII is scheduled to start filming at the UK’s Pinewood Studios in the spring of next year.
The news was announced on StarWars.com.