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The Los Angeles Times interviewed Star Wars: The Force Awakens scribe and screenwriting legend Lawrence Kasdan about his career, the new movie, and the future of Star Wars movies. It’s a really great interview and does a great job at digging into Kasdan’s point of view when it comes to the Star Wars saga, giving plenty of great quotes from the writer, such as:
And with the canon — everyone refers to the canon, but it has zero meaning to me. I don’t know what the canon is. I cannot get that straight.
My personal favorite part of the interview involves Kasdan discussing Star Wars movies after The Force Awakens.
These movies will all be so different. [“Episode VIII” director] Rian Johnson is a friend of mine — he’s going to make some weird thing. If you’ve seen Rian’s work, you know it’s not going be like anything that’s ever been in “Star Wars.” You couldn’t have three more different people than J.J., Rian and [“Episode IX” director] Colin [Trevorrow]. Those movies will have the “Star Wars” saga as their basis, but everything else will be different. Then Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to make the Han Solo film and I can’t guess what that will be like — and I’m writing it!
I’ve long said that Rian Johnson is the most interesting filmmaker they’ve hired for the new movies (that’s not a knock against the other filmmakers, who’ve put out some good stuff in their careers), and that his Episode VIII is the Star Wars film I’m anticipating the most (beyond the one coming up in two weeks, that is). This quote only helps stoke those fires.
There’s a lot of other good stuff in the interview as Kasdan touches on the prequels, the original trilogy, and why he thinks Star Wars is goofy. Head on over to the L.A. Times Web site to give it a read!