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Today we've got good news for anyone who's been slightly apprehensive about the progress of Star Wars: Episode VII.

In the last few weeks we've been hearing more and more about the script-writing woes going on behind the scenes of ' Star Wars sequel. Luckily, it now seems like a script has finally been cobbled together for Episode VII.

Abrams told The Wrap that the new script, written by himself and Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi scribe Lawrence Kasdan, is complete and ready to begin filming.

The early months of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens certainly haven't been without a measure of controversy. Firstly, Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt was kicked off the project when his approach for Episode VII failed to impress Abrams. It seemed the two creatives just couldn't come to an agreement about the direction of the next addition in the Star Wars saga. Reportedly, Arndt preferred a new chapter of the franchise which placed Han, Leia and Luke's kids at the forefront, while Abrams wanted the original trio to have one last hurrah on the big screen.

However, even before Arndt left the movie, the team were already having trouble sticking to Disney's 2015 release deadline. Originally, Abrams and the writers petitioned Disney to push back the release of Star Wars: Episode VII to 2016. Although Disney ultimately refused, they did agree to postpone release until mid-December as opposed to the originally stated May 2015 release.

So what does this all mean? Well, obviously Star Wars: Episode VII is too strong a beast to ever be in any kind of critical danger. It certainly will be delivered at some point. Having said that, the production does sound rather disorganized and volatile. While Disney's insistence for a 2015 release (despite the pleas of the actual director) doesn't exactly sound like a working environment conducive to movie-making gold.

What do you think? Has the news of the Star Wars: Episode VII's pre-production got you concerned, or do you have faith in Abrams and co? Let us know below.


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