Writer Lawrence Kasdan Promises 'Star Wars' Stand-Alone Film Will 'Start Fresh'
After Walt Disney Pictures/LucasFilm confirmed the untitled stand-alone Star Wars film was officially in the works, fans were eager to dig more about the much-talked-about movie project. Giving some clues about what fans could expect from the the stand-alone flick, writer Lawrence Kasdan took time to dish on his approach in writing the script for the project.
To Los Angels Times' Hero Complex, Kasdan gushed, "I'm trying to start fresh." He said, "There are certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that they've been missing, and we're hoping to bring them that, and at the same time, have them feel that it's all new."
During the interview, Kasdan did not confirm recent reports that the standalone project might revolve around young Han Solo or Bobba Fett. He only said that it was George Lucas himself who pointed him to return to the famed space saga franchise after providing the script for 1980's "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" and 1983's "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi".
"George sort of brought me into this part of it, and he's stepping back from the company," said the 64-year-old scribe. "He's sort of given his blessing to everybody, and he'll be there if you need him. I think everyone's interested to see where this can go. It's been some very different places over 30 years ... I think with J.J. [Abrams], we'll get something entirely new."
The "Star Wars" spinoff projects would run alongside the planned "Star Wars Episode 7", "8" and "9". The plan was to release the trilogy for six years starting from 2015, with a new film released in cinemas in every three years. The standalone movies, meanwhile, would be unleashed in between the trilogy. "We plan to make 'Star Wars' 7, 8 and 9 over roughly a six-year period of time starting in 2015," Disney chief Bob Iger recently said. "But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time, too."
As for the details of the standalone pics, Iger declined to give away too much, but said, "When we were exploring very seriously with George [Lucas], the idea of producing a few standalone films that were not part of the overall saga came up." He stated, "Those possibilities are becoming more real."
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