February 17, 2013

Screenwriter starting fresh with a spinoff to 'Star Wars'

By NOELENE CLARK, McClatchy Newspapars

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at the Los Angeles Premiere of "The TV Set". Crest Theater, Westwood, CA. 03-27-07
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Lawrence Kasdan


"The ones I worked on were a long time ago, and they had a slightly different feeling than the ones that followed," he said. "The first three, 'Star Wars,' 'Empire' and 'Return of the Jedi,' are all sort of more about people than the ones that followed. 'Empire' appeals to people, I think, because it's the second act of a three-act play, and everything sort of goes to hell during the movie. And when you leave, everyone is in trouble, and that is the best part of the story to write. And people responded to it. Irvin Kershner was a completely different kind of director than George, so the movie's much darker than the first 'Star Wars.' It's more edgy."

Despite its popularity, "Empire" is not his favorite installment in the series.

"I must say, I think that the great, great film is the first 'Star Wars,' " he said. "I do. It's hilarious, and it changed movies forever."

It also had a profound effect on pop culture, inspiring a deeply devoted fan base that has only grown with the advent of the Internet. But Kasdan says that the exposure and scrutiny haven't changed his process.

"Nothing changes, really," he said. "I don't read that much of it. But when it was announced that I was doing it, it was a really nice response on the Internet. People have a lot invested in 'Star Wars,' and I think some of them were happy that I was back."


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