Lawrence Kasdan talks Star Wars

News Glen Chapman 11 Feb 2013 - 06:46
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It's a fresh start for the Star Wars franchise, Lawrence Kasdan has said in a new interview...

As you're more than likely well aware, there's been no shortage of Star Wars news since the announcement of the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. We've had all manner of speculation as to who would be directing (JJ Abrams has, of course, now signed on for Star Wars: Episode VII), what the plot would be, and most recently the fact that spin off movies were planned also. And we've got years of this to look forward to, given how many Star Wars movies Disney is likely to want to juggle.

So, when someone actively attached to the franchise talks about the projects it's a refreshing change. The returning Lawrence Kasdan then (director of the underrated Grand Canyon), has been chatting about coming back to Star Wars.

“I'm trying to start fresh", he told the Los Angeles Times. "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 it's all new.”

He continued, saying that "George sort of brought me into this part of it, and he's stepping back from the company. 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 the last 30 years … I think with JJ we'll get something entirely new.”

We'll see what this fresh start will look like when Episode VII is released in 2015...

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Have to agree about Grand Canyon. It's a brilliant film, wrongly over-looked by many. And if anyone can make good with the Disney Wars saga, Kasdan's the man.

Thanks God. I love the original trilogy...but their story has been told. Hope we get something brand new. If original characters are in the new ones, I hope they're just background characters. Leia as Chancellor, Luke as Jedi Master, Han Solo master diplomat etc...

Personally I don't hold out much hope for "Disney's Star Wars". The prequels left such a sour taste in the mouths of the older generation of Star Wars fans that any new films or spin-offs will have to be wholly original and completely detached from the original films.

I do they bought Marvel and look what they did with that!!

I love Wyatt Earp and like Silverado a lot. I think an experienced western director can do a lot of good to the series. Plus we have this "Jar Jar Binks Syndrome", which is a good thing, everybody now what was bad about the second trilogy and now they can focus on getting it right.

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