Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg talk 'Star Wars 7' and spin-off films

Ben Skipper
9 February 2013
Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg talk 'Star Wars 7' and spin-off films
Lawrence Kasdan (right) with 'Empire' director Irvin Kershner and George Lucas

Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have talked about their involvement in Disney's new 'Star Wars' films.

The pair spoke to IGN about 'Episode 7', the rest of that planned trilogy and the spin-off films officially announced last week.

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"I was pleased that there would be new ones," said Kasdan, writer of 'The Empire Strikes Back'. "That there was a chance to capture some of the spirit of the original trilogy that I'd worked on.

"I thought there's an audience out there -- my grandchildren, lots of original 'Star Wars' people -- and there always will be. It's only good that we try to do some more great ones."

He was then asked what the new films will be like.

"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.

It was then the turn of Simon Kinberg, who wrote Guy Ritchie's first 'Sherlock Holmes' film and has penned the script for next summer's big superhero blockbuster 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.

"I try to approach all of these movies - whether it's a title like 'X-Men' or 'Sherlock' or 'Star Wars' - as a fan," he said.

[Related story: Young Han Solo and Boba Fett to star in first 'Star Wars' spin-off films?]

"I try to block out the anxiety I feel if I worry too much about the responsibility, and I just try to focus on the fun of it and the reasons why I grew up reading X-Men comics and watching Star Wars movies, that first time I read or watched any of those things and why they were so magical to me. I try to honour that and return to that as I would a fan.

"That's the way I feel. When I wake up in the morning and I'm working on an X-Men movie, it's insane for me every day because I'm so excited to get to work."

When pressed on the standalone films confirmed last week, and whether they would involve new or old characters, he said, "This is what I would say: as a fan, I wouldn't want to know too much."

"I know that's impossible because it's not the '70s or '80s anymore, but part of what was so exciting about 'A New Hope' for me was I was entering into a universe I didn't know. Even in 'Empire', I was surprised by a twist I never would have seen coming.

"It's different nowadays. I understand the excitement, and I'm happy that people are interested, obviously. But I'd rather people have something left to discover when they go in."

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