In the latest issue of Total Film magazine, J.J. Abrams talks about hiring Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to help him rework Michael Arndt's Episode VII script. Also Abrams briefly talked about Star Wars at the Symphony Space art center while promoting his new book "S"...
“Working with Larry has been one of the most surreal joys of my life," Abrams says. "We've had a lot of fun working together. He's an incredible guy and an inspiring and spectacular writer."
Abrams adds that he's looking forward to shooting the film in London.
"It's something that I've always intended to do," he says. "But I'm torn because I have done everything I can to keep the production of my projects in Los Angeles. Yet the opportunity to work with UK crews is something that has always been a dream of mine.
"Of course, that dream existed prior to me being married and having a family, so the reality of making a movie like that for any period of time becomes much more difficult when there are other people that you desperately love and care for involved."
J.J. Abrams was at the Symphony Space art center discussing his new book "S". Check out his funny reaction when asked about Jar Jar and when he realizes that the moderator has never seen Star Wars.
A longer video from the discussion:
@JediNews2010 Abrams only mentioned #StarWarsVII once last night, talking about collaborations... Kasdan has made him raise his game.
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