JJ Abrams discusses working with Lawrence Kasdan on Star Wars: Episode VII

Exclusive: “He’s a spectacular writer”

In issue 214 of Total Film magazine, we catch up with Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, who gives us the inside scoop on his latest sci-fi extravaganza.

Inside the issue - which is available for just £1.99 on your iPad, Abrams tells us about hiring Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to help him rework Michael Arndt's Episode VII script.

“Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life," Abrams says. "We've had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer."  

Abrams adds that he's looking forward to shooting the film in London.

"It's something that I've always intended to do," he says. "But I'm torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine.

"Of course, that dream existed prior to me being married and having a family, so the reality of making a movie like that for any period of time becomes much more difficult when there are other people that you desperately love and care for involved."

Star Wars: Episode VII opens in cinemas in December 2015.

For more from Abrams, pick up the brand new issue of Total Film, which is out now, and includes an exclusive look at RoboCop, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and many more exciting new movies.

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    • Ali1748

      Nov 25th 2013, 13:08

      Still bummed Michael Arndt is no longer working on the script. I know rewrites and new drafts for scripts are quite common but I really like Michael's previous work, especially Toy Story 3.

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