Exciting Non-TV News: Report Says Screenwriter of Two of the Original Classic 'Star Wars' Movies, 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi,' May Pen One of the Upcoming 'Star Wars' Movies (He Also Wrote 'Raiders of the Lost Ark') Deadline.com
Exciting news for fans of the most popular movie franchise in history, "Star Wars."
According to our friend Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline.com, Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the screenplays of two of the first three "Star Wars" movies -- as well as "Raiders of the Lost Ark" -- has been "approached" to work on one of the new "Star Wars" movies that Disney will make.
According to the story, "Here’s some tantalizing dish to chew on before the Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings. After hiring Michael Arndt to script the first installment of the relaunch of George Lucas’ 'Star Wars' franchise, I’ve heard Disney has approached Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg and I believe it is to get the ball rolling on the subsequent installments mapped out by Lucas.
"Kasdan scripted two of the original 'Star Wars' films in the 1980 'The Empire Strikes Back' and the 1983 follow-up 'Return of the Jedi.' He also scripted 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' for Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Kinberg’s franchise work: 'X-Men: First Class,' 'Sherlock Holmes' and the upcoming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' which Bryan Singer will direct."
Fleming adds, "Disney’s $4 billion buy of George Lucas’ signature franchise certainly has stirred up passions from fans. I’m still feeling so let down by the last three films that I am not sure they can bring back the magic of the original trilogy, which was so groundbreaking for its time. But that time seems like a galaxy so far far away."