In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Fantastic Four and X-Men: Apocalypse writer Simon Kinberg sat down to discuss his role in writing for the Star Wars franchise. And although it was well known that he is writing one of the upcoming Anthology films as well as writing and producing Star Wars: Rebels, he expanded on what role he had in shaping the story of all of the upcoming cinematic releases in the Star Wars franchise, including The Force Awakens.
“I’m like a friend of the court. I consult on the movies. I worked on VII: helped break the story, read scripts, drafts at certain points, and gave my thoughts whatever they were worth.”
Kinberg also dives into more detail as to what that means exactly, giving a fascinating peek into the early process of breaking the story of the upcoming trilogy at a retreat with Lawrence Kasdan and original Screenwriter Michael Arndt.
“Like a TV writers room, we spent a week with a whiteboard and some pens and were in a conference room all day talking about [movies] VII, VIII, and IX. But it’s a whiteboard covered in our notes. We had a sense of what we each wanted to write. It was the most magical time because we were writing Star Wars movies. Then we would go back to the inn at Skywalker and have dinner and drink a little bit and Larry would tell me and Michael stories about the moment in his life where he wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, The Big Chill, Body Heat all in the span of, I think, five years. So we just had this crazy, magical time together.”
It is unknown how much of this story session will make it into the final product for the upcoming trilogy. As he lists Arndt in attendance, it’s very possible that significant changes occurred afterwards. But, it is clear that he is still heavily involved with the universe at least in a consultant role.
Check out EW for the full article.