The wonderful io9 website recently posted a feature article that explores the origin of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Fans of Star Wars are probably aware that the movie we’re all going to see in a few days time is not the movie we would have seen if George Lucas had remained in charge of the saga – and George has said as much. He’s also said that fans should love the film.
In the interview, J.J. explains that Disney was the one to abandon George’s ideas, and that Michael Arndt (Academy Award winning writer of Little Miss Sunshine), with Lawrence Kasdan consulting, needed to come up with something new. Michael eventually left the production because he needed more time than Disney could give, which left the writing of the film to Lawrence and J.J..
J.J. says that some of what Michael created remained, but a number of things were thrown out because Lawrence, if he was suddenly going to write the film (instead of consult on it) needed to start from scratch because that was the way he worked.
To read the article, click here. It’s written by the very talented Germain Lussier, a regular contributor to io9.