Screen Crush was the first to pick up on a disturbance in the Force…Well, a disturbance in YouTube, at least. It started on Oct. 9th when the Star Wars YouTube Channel posted a trailer for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Episodes V and VI followed (and they used the original title for ROTJ: Revenge Of The Jedi), in the two subsequent weeks, each on Wednesday…
Could this mean a Star Wars: Episode VII trailer is planned for next Wednesday, the 30th? Which also happens to be the one year anniversary of the announcement that Disney had acquired the rights to the SW franchise, and Episode VII is now underway?
This is, naturally, nothing more than speculation, but speculation is pretty much all Abrams and Disney has left us (at least it’s not coming from Latino Review for once). It seems logical, if not likely, that SOMETHING will happen next Wednesday….perhaps the title will finally be revealed (A New Dawn and Rise Of The Jedi seem to be the top contenders)? Maybe some official casting news?
Who knows? I suppose we’ll have to get back to you on the 30th.
In more substantial news, it was announced online today that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan will be picking up the torch from Michael Arndt, and taking over as principle screenwriters of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Arndt was named as sole writer of the film last November. No info is available regarding why he was removed from the position, but it’s said that he’s continuing to work on the planned Star Wars spin-off films
LucasFilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy had this to say in a statement posted on Starwars.com:
I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. 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.
Abrams is, naturally, the director of Star Wars: Episode VII (in case anyone forgot). Kasdan has been serving as a consultant on all 3 planned films, plus he wrote the first Indiana Jones movie and wrote/directed The Big Chill.