Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg and Frank Oz Talk the ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Offs

Frank Oz reveals that he is willing to return as the voice of Yoda in Disney’s new movies, but the character will be CGI.

Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg talk the Star Wars spin-offs and Frank Oz may return to voice Yoda
Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg talk the Star Wars spin-offs and Frank Oz may return to voice Yoda
It is most definitely a good time to be a Star Wars fan, with Star Wars: Episode VII hitting theaters in 2015, along with another series of stand-alone movies, written by Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, arriving at an unspecified date.

Lawrence Kasdan briefly spoke about getting back to work on the franchise (he also wrote Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi). Here's what he had to say about working on the spin-offs, and consulting with Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and writer Michael Arndt.

"They're going to be fun. J.J. (Abrams) is a great director for the first sequel. Perfect. We're very happy to have him. The writers I've been working with - Michael Arndt, who's going to write the sequel, and Simon Kinberg, who has, like me, been sort of consulting - they're great. I've never really collaborated a lot, and I've never been a room with a bunch of writers thinking, 'Well, what should this thing be?' It's fun. It's really fun. And J.J. is a writer. Yeah, lovely guy. I'd met him but didn't know him. But now I'm totally enamored by him. He's really funny and so enthusiastic."

Simon Kinberg also spoke a bit about working on the franchise, although he would not divulge too much because he doesn't want the fans to be spoiled with too much information.

"This is what I would say: as a fan, I wouldn't want to know too much. I know that's impossible because it's not the '70s or '80s anymore, but part of what was so exciting about A New Hope for me was I was entering into a universe I didn't know. Even in Empire, I was surprised by a twist I never would have seen coming. But it's different nowadays. I understand the excitement, and I'm happy that people are interested, obviously. But I'd rather people have something left to discover when they go in."

In related news, we reported earlier this week that the first stand-alone movie is going to focus on Yoda, news which has not been confirmed as of yet. If this does prove to be true, though, fans need not worry about who will provide the Jedi Master's voice. Frank Oz, who voiced Yoda in all six movies, revealed that he would come back to voice the iconic character again. However, he does not believe Yoda will be conceived as a puppet like the original trilogy, but that he will be CGI as presented in the second trilogy.

"He's in my heart. I know Yoda very deeply. The future of Yoda is likely in CGI, as he was rendered in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 3D. I think it depends on the story, but I think at this point you can't go back to the puppet. The reason George (Lucas) did the CGI, which I supported, was that he wanted to tell a story that would have been hampered by the physical limitations of the puppet."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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  1. Zak Lee Ferguson


    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  2. Ryan Stone

    @incmob You're comment about seeing Phantom Menace Yoda made me laugh uncontrollably! So glad that they made him CGI to fit in with the rest of the prequels.

    2 years agoby @ryan-stoneFlag

  3. incmob

    @felipe-11 well if disney doesnt let george get his hands on it again... there is a chance we will finally have the original trilogy minus special editions on glorious

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  4. Replicant

    @incmob I doubt it, the old Yoda still looks great. I mean it's obviously a puppet, but it's not creepy-looking like in Episode I and it blends in well with the rest of the VFX in the original trilogy.

    Plus I'm guessing Disney won't be letting George get his hands on those again...

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  5. incmob

    @felipe-11 YOU AND ME BOTH! that puppet was god awful, i remember sitting in the theater, turning to my friend and going... what the f*ck?? among other things. I did love how they incorporated some of the elements of the empire puppet with the cgi though. the wiggling of ears for example... i still wonder if eventually there will be cgi yoda in empire and jedi?

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Toys mate. Can't argue with toys

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. thedude-abides

    Spin-offs: The newly-preferred nomenclature for "shameless money grab."

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  8. Sean

    Sounds good!

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  9. Replicant

    The Episode I puppet looked so bad, nothing like the puppet from the original trilogy. I'm glad Lucas replaced it with a CGI version for the Blu-ray.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    @ROFLitschristian I definetly want excitement but I would also like to see an emotional story involved in the story

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  11. ROFLitschristian

    I want to squeal with excitement over all this Star Wars talk, but I just can't. There's more than the off-chance it'll all fall through.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  12. CelluloidDreams

    I'm open!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I'm loving the character talk

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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