Lawrence Kasdan first came into the Star Wars universe in 1978, hired by George Lucas to write a new draft of his screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back. Leigh Brackett had done the first draft, but passed away from cancer before she could do another, and after a couple of stabs by Lucas, Kasdan got the nod as Lucas was impressed with Kasdan’s draft for Raiders of the Lost Ark. I bet Kasdan never thought he’d have anything to do with Star Wars again after turning in the script to Return of the Jedi, but over 30 years later, here he is, back at the forefront of Wars, and now, ready to retire again.
Kasdan was recruited by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to help him re-work the script for Episode VII, a choice at the time seen as an attempt by Abrams to capture some of that original trilogy magic. Kasdan then stayed with Wars to work on a project for one of the anthology series of films, the highly anticipated Han Solo prequel. Once that’s over though, Kasdan is saying that he’s going to step away from Star Wars once again.
“I did four Star Wars movies. That’s more than enough,” Kasdan said (translated) in the German Newspaper Bild. “This is my last film for this saga…I did not even want to do this last one anymore, but my family loved the idea.”
Typically, you don’t want to hear that a director or screenwriter had their arm twisted to work on a particular project; you want an artist to feel passionate about their art after all. Still, Kasdan could have theoretically sold his idea to Disney and let them run with it if it was good enough to pursue, instead though he turned scripting the Han Solo prequel adventure into a father/son activity. He’s currently writing the screenplay with his son, Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women). After that, he seems pretty emphatic in his decision to leave Star Wars to a new generation of writers and directors.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will in the theaters everywhere on December 18; the Han Solo prequel will be released on May 25, 2018.
Source: Screen Rant