Lawrence Kasdan Talks Making STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS A Tighter Blockbuster

Lawrence Kasdan Talks Making STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS A Tighter Blockbuster

In a new interview, The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan has discussed how he and J.J. Abrams attempted to craft a movie less bloated than blockbusters "lately", plus whether or not fan-favourite Lando Calrissian will appear in the finished film.

By staypuffed - May 18, 2015 04:05 PM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair delved deep into the world of Star Wars with The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, who offered a great deal of praise for J.J. Abrams' new take on the franchise. "This new movie, first of all, it's turning out really great," he told the magazine. "J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it's so exhilarating and everything. It's a big movie. It's full of wonderful stuff, incident and character stuff and jokes and effects." Kasdan explained that from the get-go, the aim was to prevent making a "long, bloated blockbuster. A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, why isn't this over? We didn't want to make a movie like that. I mean, we were really aiming to have it be — when it's over you’ll say, 'I wish there's more.' Or, 'Wait, is it over?' Because how rarely you get that feeling nowadays, and I think we're headed there. But it means that there will be constant critical looking at it from now to the end, saying, 'Do we need this? Do we need that? Is it better if this comes out, even though we love it?' Killing your darlings."

Though some time ago Billy Dee Williams confirmed that he would feature in an upcoming Star Wars movie, Kasdan revealed that the actor will not make an appearance in Episode VII. But don't rule out the possibility of seeing Williams return eventually"Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don't think is finished in any way, shape, or form." Perhaps Episode VIII, then? Though Lando recently appeared in Star Wars Rebels, would you like to see him return to the big screen?


The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features new leads Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films.

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TheBeard
TheBeard - 5/18/2015, 5:17 PM

LEVITIKUZ
LEVITIKUZ - 5/18/2015, 5:21 PM
I would like to see a film about Grizz Frix before his death.

sKeemAn
sKeemAn - 5/18/2015, 5:26 PM
dckizzle
dckizzle - 5/18/2015, 5:26 PM
Need lando with solo
MrMartyMarvel
MrMartyMarvel - 5/18/2015, 5:28 PM
I want an origin movie about Porkins.



I mean, how did he get so fat? I NEED TO KNOW, DAMNIT!
LEVITIKUZ
LEVITIKUZ - 5/18/2015, 5:30 PM
@MrMartyMarvel

Didn't you see the remastered Star Wars? It's explained why he's fat.

MarkyMarkRises
MarkyMarkRises - 5/18/2015, 5:35 PM
"...prevent making a long, bloated blockbuster. A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, why isn't this over? We didn't want to make a movie like that.

George Miller got this for Mad Max, glad to see the same for Star Wars. Feel even better about this film.
MrMartyMarvel
MrMartyMarvel - 5/18/2015, 5:36 PM
@LEVITIKUZ

Wow, all my Star Wars related questions have finally been answered! Well, except for one…

SnapperCarr
SnapperCarr - 5/18/2015, 5:44 PM
DarkModeDan
DarkModeDan - 5/18/2015, 5:44 PM
It's sounds like everyone involved on this project is very aware of the modern audience, and are crafting something amazing for us.

I don't know if Episode VII will be good, but so far, everyone involved sounds like they know what they're doing and that they get Star Wars.


Also, as long as Lando does in fact come back at some point, I am totally fine with him not being in Episode VII.

Bring him back in Episode VII. (Referencing his first apperance in Episode V, drawing some parrallels maybe...)

He could be brought back as a senator, or the chancellor, or an esteemed whatever for the New Republic/Resistance/whatever they call it.
As long as it's Billy Dee Williams, I'll be happy.
SuperCat
SuperCat - 5/18/2015, 5:48 PM
<<<<<<<<<

SuperCat
SuperCat - 5/18/2015, 5:49 PM
batz11
batz11 - 5/18/2015, 6:59 PM
Cat, you're the best dude, gifs cracked me up lol
batz11
batz11 - 5/18/2015, 7:00 PM
Better be over 2 hours, I'll go [frick]ing nuts
BigFoster
BigFoster - 5/19/2015, 9:18 AM
Im guessing this will come in around 130 minutes
BigFoster
BigFoster - 5/19/2015, 9:20 AM
But i do like my movies closer to 150 minutes
KnobGoblin
KnobGoblin - 5/19/2015, 10:12 AM
After the bloated CGI overload that was Age of Ultron, I'm glad to see movies like Fury Road and The Force Awakens stripping down and going old school.
duey2000
duey2000 - 5/19/2015, 10:53 AM
I'm okay with no Lando Calrissian. Even in the EU he is smarmy and sleezy, even as an ally. I just have never liked the character and have never understood some fans that want to see more of him.
NeoBaggins
NeoBaggins - 5/19/2015, 10:57 AM
George Miller should sign a contract with Hollywood and just direct every movie from now on.

Been wanting to be Lando for Halloween for years but can't find the right stuff. Something is always off. The shirt and cape have to be perfect.
kong
kong - 5/19/2015, 4:07 PM
George Miller for Obi-Wan movie.

It's set in between Episode III and Episode IV.

Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor (if not James McAvoy)) is on Tatooine watching over Luke and has to deal with Tuskan Raiders and shit.
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