Kinberg On His “Star Wars” Involvement

Simon Kinberg has become something of a go to guy for major blockbusters in the past few years. The writer/producer has had his fingers in Fox’s Marvel properties, he helped create and produce the animated “Star Wars Rebels” series, and he’s involved in the live-action “Star Wars” films. In regards to the latter though, details about his role have been decidedly murky.

Today though, in a new interview with EW, he spoke about his involvement in the upcoming “Star Wars” trilogy and the ‘Anthology’ spin-off films. Surprisingly he reveals that he, along with writers Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan, helped break the stories for the new films during a retreat.

“Like a TV writers room, we spent a week with a whiteboard and some pens and were in a conference room all day talking about [movies] VII, VIII, and IX. But it’s a whiteboard covered in our notes. We had a sense of what we each wanted to write. It was the most magical time because we were writing Star Wars movies.

Then we would go back to the inn at Skywalker and have dinner and drink a little bit and Larry would tell me and Michael stories about the moment in his life where he wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, The Big Chill, Body Heat all in the span of, I think, five years. So we just had this crazy, magical time together.”

It sounds very similar to the way Paramount assembled a “Transformers” think tank to do the same for that franchise recently, although this would have happened several years ago before Arndt was replaced as screenwriter on ‘Force Awakens’ in 2013.

Kinberg also confirmed he had a hand in the subsequent development of Abrams’ film: “I’m like a friend of the court. I consult on the movies. I worked on VII: helped break the story, read scripts, drafts at certain points, and gave my thoughts whatever they were worth.” Kinberg is still penning his own and as yet unannounced “Star Wars Anthology” film that’s neither Gareth Edwards’ “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One” or the young Han Solo film which Phil Lord and Chris Miller are helming.