How ‘The Force Awakens’ came to be written

There’s been a lot of consternation among some fans as to George Lucas’ lack of involvement in the new movies, particularly The Force Awakens. Sure, he wrote the initial treatments for Episodes VII-IX, but in January he very pointedly said the following: The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision…

Kennedy and Abrams want a May 2016 release for Episode VII

Episode VII was initially announced for summer (presumably May) 2015, but word on the street was that, as pre-production progressed and Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams rewrote Michael Arndt’s draft script, Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy approached Disney CEO Bob Iger for a May 2016 release date instead. Iger compromised and gave them a December 2015…

Possible set details for Episode VII (with mild spoilers)!

Before we begin, let me just say that the following reveals very little plot detail—certainly much less than what you’ll see in the Episode VII trailer. However, it gives (unverified) details on some of the environments we’ll see and one (maybe insignificant) plot point. A poster at the IMDb message boards, which is not often…

Abrams talks Arndt

Deadline has posted a few relevant quotes from J.J. Abrams on the removal of Michael Arndt from scripting duties on Episode VII: “It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we…

Rumour: Mayhem in the Mouse House?

This is interesting… and kind of worrying. The Hollywood Reporter has posted a story claiming that Kathleen Kennedy is pushing for a 2016 release date for Episode VII while Disney CEO Bob Iger is adamant that the film must make its scheduled summer 2015 release date “at all costs”. That’s sort of in line with…