Mr. J.J. Abrams is notorious for keeping things close to chest. He’s also known for trolling the public, giving out false information about his projects or deflecting certain questions so he can keep a shroud of mystery. Whether it’s denying his involvement with Star Wars, or saying Star Trek: Into Darkness doesn’t involve a particularly famous villain, he always likes being coy with the audience.
Last month, it was noted that Michael Arndt was out of the writers room, and will no longer be involved with penning the script. However, he made some contributions already, and the new writing duo consisting of Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams himself have been more than pleased and grateful for him getting them to this point. (This has been discussed in one of our previous articles)
But why did Arndt leave? Did he get in to a fight with the Abrams? Were there light sabers involved? This is what Deadline has quoted him as saying on that matter:
“It became clear that given the timeframe, and given the process, and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be,” he’s quoted as saying. Abrams described working with Kasdan on Star Wars as “kind of unbeatable”…
Ah, good ole’ Jay Jay. Always using the force to toy with the minds of his many fans. He never really directly answered the question as to ‘why’ he switched writers, other than hinting at schedule conflicts, and that Kasdan will help him make the deadline. My guess is that Abrams wanted to revive the tone of the original films, and since Kasdan wrote The Empire Strikes Back, he was the perfect candidate to do so. Also, part of me thinks that Abrams is a huge fan of Empire, and had the fan boy dream of collaborating with one of his favorite writers.
What do you think? Do you think that Arndt leaving is a good thing? Who is your dream collaborator? Whatever it is, comment below, and let One of Us know!