Lawrence Kasdan’s Involvement with Star Wars Will End After the Han Solo Anthology Movie

Abrams and KasdanGerman tabloid Bild spoke with The Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, who announced that he’s done “enough” with the franchise, and that the Han Solo Anthology film will most likely be his last contribution to the galaxy far, far away…



From The Hollywood Reporter:

In an interview with German tabloid Bild, Kasdan is quoted as saying that, counting the Han Solo project, “I have now made four Star Wars movies. That’s more than enough.” He added that he had little interest in being involved in the Solo movie, but that his family were so excited about the idea for him, he agreed to co-write the screenplay with his son Jon Kasdan.


Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi has been attached to Disney’s revival of the Star Wars franchise since early 2013, initially signing on to write and produce one of the studio’s spin-off properties before teaming with director J.J. Abrams to replace Michael Arndt as screenwriter for what was then called Star Wars: Episode VII in October of that year.


Kasdan also revealed that they are still working on the Solo script, and that after he is done, he will go back to directing movies.


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20 thoughts on “Lawrence Kasdan’s Involvement with Star Wars Will End After the Han Solo Anthology Movie

  • November 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    What about Episode VIII???

    • November 12, 2015 at 3:41 am

      All we can do is hope to get a quality writer and not someone fresh off of the “hype” train. Any ideas?

  • November 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I’m just glad he was here to help bring the spark back. I mean he was a part of the planning for all three new movies and Han Solo… so that’s enough in my book. At some point it will be all new people.

    • November 11, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Agreed. As much as I’d love him to co-write for VII and IX aswell, I completely understand his decision. Big thanks to him for all the work he has done!

  • November 11, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Worst news.
    “Only” credits for TFA and Han Solo Project? Not enough for me. I would like to see some involvement at least in VIII and IX.

  • November 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    This is actually kind of surprising, I guess I never thought of Kasdan’s view on it [i’m a horrible person]

    I think that it’s far better though, that he leave when he’s ready rather than stay when he doesn’t want it. Honesty wins out.

    • November 12, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Basically it fits with Kasdan. When Lucas asked Kasdan to help him write the prequels, Kasdan said he should do it his own way, and that Kasdan was basically done with Star Wars. Later he said he felt like Lucas writing them himself was the right move. Kasdan only came back to do ROTJ because he felt he owed Lucas because ESB and Indiana Jones helped launch his career, and without Lucas that would not have happened. Like someone else said, he’s more interested in directing. Frankly, I am a little cautious. Kasdan hasn’t really put out anything of top quality in two decades. His directorial efforts, like ‘Dreamcatcher,’ make me shudder [not in the good way]. Hearing his heart was not in the Solo movie is certainly cause for pause, because even though he did ROTJ as a favor to Lucas, he also did it because he wanted to flesh out what happened with Luke. I can only hope his talent is still or passion is still there on some level. Tradition isn’t everything…

      • November 12, 2015 at 6:45 am

        I actually liked Jedi, Far more than any of the PT films even if he did it because he felt guilted. So I hope that the Solo film and VII are at least half as good as it.

        • November 16, 2015 at 11:29 am

          Late reply but I agree, ROTJ is perhaps my favorite of the old trilogy.

          • November 16, 2015 at 12:34 pm

            Better late than never. It is the most underrated film in the entire saga imo.

      • November 12, 2015 at 10:07 am

        At any rate, I’m glad he came back to start this trilogy off on the right foot [we hope] I respect that he has his own life to worry about – and that he’s honest enough to admit Star Wars isn’t exactly the center of his life. It actually shows a lot of integrity to be able to call it done in spite of a whole world of peer pressure.

        It’s actually kinda poetic: Kasdan does 2/3 OT films, so does the first ST film, so now he’s done a Trilogy beginning, middle, and ending, the set is now complete.
        Han Solo the Movie, on the other hand, is above and beyond what I think he figured was owed, I almost wonder if that’s him handing the reins over to his son. Curious how Anthology Han Solo will play out…

  • November 11, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    This is disappointing. I was hoping he would be involved in episodes 8 and 9 to help bring continuity to the trilogy. I don’t really care about the Anthology films.

    I am very happy that he co-wrote TFA, however.

    • November 11, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Isn’t episode 8 already written?

      • November 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm

        Yes. Rian Jonshon once twitted a picture of the script. He is the only credited writer for episode VIII and hired to write episode IX – or at least a draft, if they hire any more writers after his pass or Colin Trevorrow decides to do a pass.

  • November 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I’ll wait until the first couple of films come out to decide how I feel.

  • November 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    He’s had a good run in TGFFA and earned a nice long vacation. And if he wants to focus on directing, then more power to him. Follow your dreams, Mr. Kasdan; thanks for inspiring ours.

    Passing the torch onto his son (with the Han flick) is really cool. Kinda heartwarming.

  • November 11, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Throw money at him

  • November 12, 2015 at 12:37 am

    I suppose, if he were really interested in these type movies he would be writing and directing them himself long before the take over. He said he started out writing as a way in to direct.

    Also, please put the site back narrower as it was.

  • November 12, 2015 at 6:43 am

    I don’t like this news but I’d much rather he quit while he’s ahead than stay in it because he feels “obligated” like some kind of bad marriage as Lucas did. Hope this doesn’t reflect poorly on the Han Solo film and his son can pick up where he left off.

    • November 12, 2015 at 6:46 am

      Please DO NOT replace him with Damon Lindeloff or Orci/Kurtzman!

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