A few months ago it was announced that Michael Ardnt had been hired to write the revival of Star wars and pen J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII but the honeymoon is over. According to Variety, Ardnt has been replaced by Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams.
Lucafilm president Kathleen Kennedy released a statement about the change so deep in production, which is leading to questions about possible problems with the project.
“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” said 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.”
It sounds like the split was amicable but this means that J.J. Abrams is fully in control of the film which is a debatable turn of events if you ask around the Star Trek world. Still, this is a major change deep in production and it’s something to monitor, even if we have a feeling this might be a change for the better.