Last month and Lawrence Kasdan took over as the writers of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, pushing screenwriter to the sidelines. Rumors surfaced that Lucasfilm was struggling with Disney's requested 2015 release date but were told there was "no way" they could push it back to 2016.
It is now being reported that Episode VII's deadline played a massive part in Arndt's departure. Deadline spoke candidly to Abrams - who took the reigns from Arndt with longtime Star Wars writer , and revealed that:
It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be. Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable.
No surprises there, given Kasdan's track record or great movies including The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, Abrams also spoke of his admiration for Arndt, and didn't rule out working with him in the future:
Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn't be a bigger fan of his or adore him more. He's a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process.
So, that's all cleared up for us nicely!
For those of you not up to date, Episode VII's official release date dropped yesterday, and it's set for December 18, 2015. Do you think that Disney is giving everyone enough time to deliver a quality product?