Simon Kinsberg (above right) has been chatting to Hero Complex about his memories of Star Wars and what plans he has for the forthcoming standalone films he’ll be working on.
The writer behind hits such as X-Men: The Last Stand and Sherlock Holmes will be working alongside ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ scribe Lawrence Kasdan (above left) on the new movies.
Earlier this year he told the same site that they were “trying to start fresh” and that there are “certain pleasures that we think the saga can bring to people that they’ve been missing”.
Here’s a short snippet of this new interview with a link at the bottom to the remainder of the article.
HC: What’s it like to be bundled in the same category as Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt?
SK: I’m not in the same category as Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. It’s great to have a chance to work with those guys. Larry is really an idol of mine. He is, as much as anybody, the reason I wanted to get into screenwriting when I was a kid. “Raiders” and “Empire Strikes Back” were the two things that I saw when I was younger that I wanted to one day somehow emulate. So having the opportunity to be around him is as exciting as any aspect of the “Star Wars” process.
HC: Is it intimidating to work with iconic characters in a universe that’s already so fleshed out?
SK: Well, I’ve worked in franchises where they have a long legacy, like the X-Men, or like Sherlock Holmes even, where you have a big fan base, and you have a lot of material to draw from. But I haven’t worked in anything like “Star Wars.” It’s definitely like the cultural referent for our generation. So it’s daunting and exciting.
HC: So how do you approach it? Do you incorporate the extended universe or start fresh or go back to 30 years ago? Where do you start?
For more of this interview please hit the link.