When Lucasfilm began assembling the team that would bring a new generation of Star Wars to fruition, under the direction of new president Kathleen Kennedy, one of the first names announced made everyone breath a little easier: Lawrence Kasdan. The scribe behind Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi was returning to the franchise after three decades, initially to help develop a spinoff film alongside a separate spinoff being steered by Simon Kinberg. But when Abrams ran into trouble on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens script, he called in Kasdan for help, and the two built on Michael Arndt’s foundation to craft a new draft of the screenplay, resulting in the film we’ll see in theaters next month.
But as Abrams entered the editing room for The Force Awakens, Kasdan went back to work on his spinoff, which turned out to be a young Han Solo movie that he co-wrote with his son Jon Kasdan. The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the film, but now it appears that the Han Solo picture will be Kasdan’s swan song with the Star Wars franchise.
“I have now made four Star Wars movies. That’s more than enough.”
The scribe went on to say that he was initially uninterested in a Han Solo movie, but his family was so excited about the idea that he agreed to co-write the picture with his son. This is coming from a German tabloid so these comments haven’t yet been verified, but it wouldn’t be a complete surprise if Kasdan’s duties on the franchise were complete.
Kasdan was intimately involved in dreaming up the plans for the Star Wars universe that we’re seeing come to fruition today, as he sat down with Kinberg and Arndt for a week to hash out story ideas for sequels and spinoffs. So in a sense his work here is done, but I’m curious to see his contributions to The Force Awakens come to light next month. Regardless, the man wrote four Star Wars movies. That’s one hell of an accomplishment.