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According to an announcement on the starwars.com website on Thursday, writing duties for the upcoming installment will be taken over by director
Abrams and Kasdan take over for screenwriter Michael Arndt, an Oscar winner for his "Little Miss Sunshine" and the writer of the animated blockbuster "Toy Story 3." Though Arndt had previously been a much ballyhooed addition to the project, the announcement seems to suggest his work will be overhauled by Abrams and Kasdan.
Shooting for "Star Wars: Episode VII" is scheduled to begin in spring of next year, which doesn't leave Kasdan and Abrams much time to finish their work on the screenplay, with a release set for 2015.
Though Kasdan had been on the spinoff film, Thursday's announcement moved the filmmaker back to center stage. It's a big move, particularly in light of the fact that the most recent film by the writer -- who also penned adventure tentpoles in a previous generation such as the original Indiana Jones film
Kasdan's relationship with the earlier iteration of the franchise could be seen as either a sign of continuity to the new films, or as a filmmaking team scrambling to make sense of an increasingly sprawling storytelling universe.
Kennedy said in the statement that "There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a 'Star Wars' story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen."
Thursday's announcement also included a team of below-the-line technicians and craftspeople as well, including director of photography Dan Mindel, production designers Rick Carter and Darren Gilford, costume designer Michael Kaplan, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, sound designer
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