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Discussion in 'Star Wars: Episode VII and Beyond (Archive)' started by Ballowall, Oct 31, 2012.

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  1. Ballowall

    Ballowall Jedi Youngling

    Oct 31, 2012
    Obviously the director will more or less be in charge of how the film turns out and how it ultimately flows and looks, but none of that will matter if Disney executives hand him a poorly written (or just not very good) script. Something they've done to directors before. Like any planned trilogy (Since that's the scheme behind every movie made now lets just stop calling them trilogies and start calling them "brands") these films will live or die by the strength of the story, plot, and characters in the first film. All things that are inexorably tied to how well written the script is.

    Its possible they have someone on it right now but since we don't know that why not speculate? I'm not much of a writer so I don't really know who's who in the screenwriting realm, so I'd like to ask you guys: Who do you think would write a truly good Star Wars film? I know many directors also write story's and screenplays so you can nominate a director as well for the writing job.

    Drew Karpyshyn has written some really great Star Wars material in books and for games the past few years. Depending on what direction they decide to take I'd be excited if they had him at least work out a the story if not write the entire screenplay. David Goyer did a great job with Batman Begins, an origin story that started off a great trilogy of movies. Who do you guys got?
  2. Chancellor_Ewok

    Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost star 7

    Nov 8, 2004
    Timothy. Zahn.

    There. Thread=over.
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  3. The Loyal Imperial

    The Loyal Imperial Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Nov 19, 2007
    Nobody that's been involved with the universe before, to begin with.
  4. ezekiel22x

    ezekiel22x Force Ghost star 5

    Aug 9, 2002
    We'd get brow-arching in every other shot if Zahn writes.
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  5. Jabbadabbado

    Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Mar 19, 1999
    Don't let EU writers near this trilogy. They are a blight on Star Wars.

    David Benioff - author of City of Thieves and the Troy screenplay. May be too busy with Game of Thrones.
  6. Merlin_Ambrosius69

    Merlin_Ambrosius69 Jedi Master star 5

    Aug 4, 2008
    Frank Darabont should be involved, possibly as a script doctor.
  7. Lord Tuvitor

    Lord Tuvitor Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 27, 2003
    Ronald D. Moore working with the Timothy Zahn books as an outline.
  8. Riven_JTAC

    Riven_JTAC Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 28, 2011
    Someone who respects the EU and can turn it into a reasonably good movie format.

    I hate the Lord of the Rings with a passion, but, the writers for the LOTR movies did an excellent job of adapting the books into movies, keeping true to the books to the extent that you could with the constraints movies place on books. Yes, there were some things that were missing that irked a lot of fans (myself not being a fan, as previously stated, but being someone who was forced to read those awful books for high school English lit class), but the movies did a great job overall.
  9. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

    Sep 27, 2000
    In honesty, Steven Moffat would have been perfect and he's worked with Kathleen Kennedy before on TinTin, but he's way too busy this next year with Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary and Sherlock series 3. Alas. I wonder how busy Neil Gaiman is.
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  10. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

    Aug 16, 2002
    A room full of my favorite screenwriters.
  11. T-R-

    T-R- Chosen One star 5

    Aug 13, 2003
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  12. solojones

    solojones Chosen One star 9

    Sep 27, 2000
    A whole room of writers? How would that ever work?
  13. DanielRJones

    DanielRJones Jedi Padawan

    Oct 31, 2012
    Tom Stoppard, Timothy Zahn, Lawrence Kasdan, Paul Dini.
  14. David_Skywalker01

    David_Skywalker01 Jedi Master star 3

    Nov 30, 2006
    Kevin J. Anderson

    (no joke)
  15. DanielRJones

    DanielRJones Jedi Padawan

    Oct 31, 2012
    Also, he might be busy writing the next two Bond films he's just signed up for, but John Logan could take a decent stab at it.

    Maybe Neil Gaiman?
  16. Luke_Sparkewalker

    Luke_Sparkewalker Jedi Master star 4

    Oct 23, 2001
  17. StampidHD280pro

    StampidHD280pro Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 28, 2005
    Like Pirates of the Carribean. Badly.
  18. LawJedi

    LawJedi Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 11, 2009
    Well Dini's been pooping all over the Disney deal on Twitter, so that's a no.
  19. ShaneP

    ShaneP Ex-Mod Officio star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Mar 26, 2001
    Kasdan with a dialogue polish by Tom Stoppard.
  20. citizenmilton

    citizenmilton Jedi Padawan star 1

    Oct 30, 2012
    Rian Johnson of "Looper" would be one name I'd like to throw into the ring. "Looper" is a deeply intelligent film, it's science fiction, and it's undeniably of the moment, fresh and new. And he's written excellent episodes of Breaking Bad and Terriers as well.
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  21. DanielRJones

    DanielRJones Jedi Padawan

    Oct 31, 2012
    Been having a poke around on IMDB, and it seems that Kasdan's stuff hasn't been particularly well received.
  22. Norminator

    Norminator Jedi Master star 2

    Nov 2, 2009
    None of the Eu writers, please.
    They need a professional writer with a deep passion for the universe.
    Don't really know the names of that many screenplay writers, so I won't throw anyone out.
  23. CoolyFett

    CoolyFett Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Feb 3, 2003
    Its really not that seriousa, all we need is lightsabers, bathas & starships & its Star Wars easy, I hope they bring in the wayne bross to write it, I like a lot of their movies.
  24. CoolyFett

    CoolyFett Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Feb 3, 2003
    Nooo they do not! The studio needs to hire fresh talent like the guys GL used on ANH, everyone involved needs to be new & untested. Only short resumes need to apply. Some of you people are going a little over board with how serious you about one movie in a franchise of many. Let the new industry talent earn their weight, Starwars is the best vehicle to that.
  25. DarthLowBudget

    DarthLowBudget Jedi Master star 5

    Jan 17, 2004
    Tony Kushner. I mean, why not? Just keep Koepp and all the EU guys as far away from this as possible. Man, we should definitley get Stoppard, Sheppard, and Sayles on this thing too.
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