Star Wars Ep VII rumors have been flying for a while, but The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog has revealed that Michael Arndt’s departure as scriptwriter may have been less about timing concerns and more about a disagreement with J.J. Abrams about the focus of the story:
Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original trilogy’s heroes taking on supporting roles. Abrams, however, wanted Episode VII to focus on the classic trio of characters, so audiences could have one more chance to enjoy them before a fitting send-off. The new characters, the offspring, will now be in supporting roles, according to these sources, and take center stage in Episode VIII and IX. Some characters have disappeared from the Arndt script and new ones are being added.
Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams are taking over the screenplay revisions and I’m certainly willing to trust Kasdan since he co-wrote Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. But, Arndt’s vision is supposed to have been in line with what Star Wars creator George Lucas wanted to see going forward.
It sounds like the story will include a lot more Luke, Leia and Han than we may have thought before and I’m not sure if that’s the best way to start to a new trilogy. But what do you think? One more visit with old friends and a set up for the next two films — or a new generation we can grow into the trilogy with?
I’ll admit, I’d prefer to see a new generation. But that may be because I’m still not okay with seeing Han in his 70’s. What can I say? I like my scoundrels young.