The Real Reason Michael Arndt's Star Wars: Episode VII Script Was Canned?
In November of last year, J.J Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over Star Wars: Episode VII screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt. The official line on why this change was necessary had to do with concerns over Arndt's ability to complete the treatment in time for Disney's strict Summer 2015 deadline. Well, that deadline was pushed back and now the Hollywood Reporter are suggesting that Arndt was replaced because Abrams wanted to take the trilogy in a totally different direction.
"Arndt is said to have focused on the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), with the original heroes taking on supporting roles." said THR. "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."
So, if THR's sources are to be believed, the original characters are going to make one final bow before passing the torch to a new generation of Star Wars heroes. Maybe Abrams is playing it safe with Episode VII, using the original and beloved characters from Episode's IV - VII as a crutch for his new generation?
The shake-up is said to have caused havoc in the casting department with Abrams apparently meeting with just about anyone who is interested in a role in the new trilogy, which when you consider this is Star Wars, must be a heck of a lot of people. Adam Driver (Girls, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 12 Years A Slave) are two of the names being touted for the new, expanded roles in Abrams' revamped trilogy.
So, was this change in direction wise? Would you have preferred Arndt's clean break from the old or are you happy you will get to see the original characters one last time?