Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg Talk STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and Standalone Films, Plus Frank Oz Happy to Return to Voice Yoda

     February 8, 2013


With screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg set to consult on Star Wars: Episode VII and penning the new standalone films, there’s a good chance the writing duo already has some points of continuity in mind.  Speaking of continuity, if Yoda is to be involved in either the sequel trilogy (doubtful, unless he’s in hologram form) or even a possible spin-off, Frank Oz has pledged his interest in returning to voice the fan-favorite Jedi master.  All three creative types recently spoke about their work on the upcoming films.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

lawrence-kasdanIn an interview with IGN, both Kasdan and Kinberg spoke about their involvement with Star Wars: Episode VII as well as the eventual spin-off films.  When asked directly about the next film that will kick-start the new trilogy, Kasdan replied:

They’re going to be fun. J.J. (Abrams)’s a great director for the first sequel. Perfect. We’re very happy to have him. The writers I’ve been working with — Michael Arndt, who’s going to write the sequel, and Simon Kinberg, who has, like me, been sort of consulting — they’re great. I’ve never really collaborated a lot, and I’ve never been a room with a bunch of writers thinking, “Well, what should this thing be?” It’s fun. It’s really fun. And J.J.’s a writer. Yeah, lovely guy. I’d met him but didn’t know him. But now I’m totally enamored by him. He’s really funny and so enthusiastic.

While he didn’t quote on whether or not the spin-off movies would include existing characters, Kasdan did smile coyly…so make of that what you will.  Kinberg was equally tight-lipped but did at least offer a reason as to why.

This is what I would say: as a fan, I wouldn’t want to know too much. I know that’s impossible because it’s not the ’70s or ’80s anymore, but part of what was so exciting about A New Hope for me was I was entering into a universe I didn’t know. Even in Empire, I was surprised by a twist I never would have seen coming. But it’s different nowadays. I understand the excitement, and I’m happy that people are interested, obviously. But I’d rather people have something left to discover when they go in.

Head over to IGN for the full article, especially to hear how much of a fan Kinberg is of both Kasdan’s career and the popular movies that Kinberg himself has gotten the opportunity to write for.

frank-oz-yodaWe don’t know if Yoda will appear in any of the upcoming movies, but Oz would be happy to return to voice the character that’s been a part of him for over thirty years.  In this Hero Complex interview, Oz talks about the opportunity to voice Yoda again, while dashing fans’ hopes of a return to Yoda as a puppet:

“He’s in my heart. I know Yoda very deeply…The future of Yoda is likely in CGI, as he was rendered in “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.”  I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can’t go back to the puppet.  The reason George [Lucas] did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet.”

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