15 Potential Writers for the New 'Star Wars' Films
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George Lucas has "mapped out" three new Star Wars films, according to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger. Who will continue the saga of the Jedi and the Sith?
On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter compiled a list of directors who could take the helm of the new Star Wars trilogy. Today, we take a look at some notable writers (in no particular order) who could offer a fresh take.
Kasdan wrote the script for the best-reviewed film in the Star Wars saga, Episode V -- The Empire Strikes Back. His script, mixed with Irving Kershner's direction, set the bar so high that any new Star Wars film will be compared to it. His last credited foray into the Star Wars universe was the video game Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire in 1996. He's still active, having written and directed this year's Darling Companion, starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline.
He was one of the first notable screenwriters on Twitter to chime in on the Disney sale, tweeting, "My twitter feed: 38%: 'You should write the new Star Wars!' 47%: 'Don't f***ing touch the new Star Wars!' 15%: Undecided." (He has followed with many other Star Wars-related tweets since.) He's a fan favorite, though he's lost a little street cred with his past few projects: Prometheus wasn't necessarily well received (he co-wrote it with Jon Spaihts), Cowboys & Aliens (which he co-wrote with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) bombed, and there's always that whole Lost ending. In any case, Lindelof's relationship with Disney is strong, and he's an incredibly talented writer who's more than capable of handling the intricacies and vast history required by any scribe charged with the franchise. Who knows, maybe the Force is strong with this one.
Arguably, the godfather of the "Pop Culture Star Wars Reference." Smith's acerbic dialogue in his 1994 debut Clerks, which included a memorable scene about the fate of independent contractors working on the Death Star, opened the floodgates for the off-kilter Star Wars reference. But Smith's dialogue tends to be heavy on vocabulary and lacking in brevity, so it might not work for an action feature. Instead, Smith's talents could be put to great use if Lucasfilm did a TV or web spinoff focusing on the denizens of the cantina on Tatooine. Call it The Cantina Conversations and let the more obscure characters like Ponda Baba (aka Walrus Man) and Zutton (aka Snaggletooth) wax poetic on the health benefits of blue milk or the mating habits of Jawas. Comedy gold.
At this point, Lucasfilm can give Whedon Howard the Duck and fanboys would be salivating at the chance to see it. Whedon's trademark wit would be a breath of fresh air. He's revered among geeks and is proud of that moniker, so for him to get involved in any capacity with the Star Wars franchise would be an incredible advantage. But Whedon has more than his fair share of projects lined up at Disney (the sequel to Marvel's The Avengers, the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series), so even if he wanted to put his Jedi skills to work, it probably would be awhile.
With The Walking Dead breaking ratings records, it might be the perfect time for the show's creator to branch out and turn his attention toward something not so lifeless. Kirkman already has his geek credentials, getting his start in comic books (The Walking Dead started off as such). He's a distinct new voice on the scene and carries with him an ever-growing fan base that certainly would celebrate a move toward science fiction, especially within the Star Wars universe. Bonus points: Dead Jedi tend to return as ghostly holograms.