News arrived two weeks ago that celebrated screenwriter Michael Arndt had been replaced on the highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode 7" by director J.J. Abrams himself and veteran Lawrence Kasdan. Then about a week later, producer Kathleen Kennedy is rumored to have requested to push the "Star Wars 7" release date to 2016. This was turned down by Disney who are sticking to a 2015 outing. Coincidence? Maybe not.
Currently doing the rounds to promote "Almost Human," the Abrams addressed Arndt's exit from "Star Wars 7." And, he did so in a fairly blunt manner. “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,” he told Deadline. “Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a 'Star Wars' movie is kind of unbeatable.”
Given the release date requested by Disney, it was probably a helluva lot easier to team with someone who knows "Star Wars" inside and out, rather go through a lengthier process with someone new to the franchise. But there seem to be no hard feelings between the two. Things just didn't pan out, and he says he'd be up for working with him again, calling Arndt "one of the best writers around.”
“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,” Abrams said.
The question of course is just how much this rush to get the movie out is compromising the integrity of the films.