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It appears there's been a disturbance in the Force.

All along, writer Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3," "Little Miss Sunshine") had been pegged to pen the screenplay for "Star Wars: Episode VII." Now comes word that director J.J. Abrams and consultant Lawrence Kasdan are taking over writing duties for the highly-anticipated project.

Kasdan is no slouch in the "Star Wars" department -- he co-wrote original trilogy films "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi." But what went wrong with Arndt? According to FirstShowing, it seems that Abrams "wasn't completely satisfied with the script."

What that means is anyone's guess, but Lucasfilm is putting a decidedly positive spin on the news, as company president Kathleen Kennedy said in an announcement about the new co-writers.

"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," Kennedy said in a statement. It continued:

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. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production


Such close involvement from Kasdan is no doubt a coup for the production, and it should be interesting to see how much the new trilogy mirrors the old. Audiences will have to wait a while to find out.

Production is set to begin on location in England next spring, and "Star Wars: Episode VII" is due out sometime in the spring or summer of 2015.

[via FirstShowing]

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