May The Fourth Be With You: Simon Kinberg Discusses STAR WARS Spin-Offs

Happy Star Wars Day everyone! To celebrate, Hero Complex have published their interview with writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes), who is working on the Star Wars spin-off movies with Original Trilogy writer Lawrence Kasdan. There’s good stuff here if you’re a fan, as Kinberg talks about how the new movies will focus more on characters (like the OT) than action, like the Prequel Trilogy. Check it out below:

Completely. I think what worked so well in all of the “Star Wars” movies is the characters (when asked if the movies would focus on characters more like the OT). I think the reason that they’re different than other science fiction or other genre movies is because George [Lucas] created a universe of people that you wanted to go back and see over and over again, and that’s why it’s spanned and spawned so many different mediums, so many different generations, every different language. You want to go back and see those characters, like I did when I was a kid. “Empire Strikes Back” was the first movie I saw in a movie theater more than once. And I went back 10, 15 times in the theater, and I’ve seen it probably over a 100 times since. But I saw it that many times in the theater because I loved those characters. I loved Han, I loved Leia, I loved Luke, I was right at the age when I was old enough to start to understand the nuance of that movie. I think I was too young for “New Hope” when it came out in the theater, although I loved it and it was my favorite film until “Empire.” And then really, that changed my life, that movie. 

There’s so many that I love and for different reasons. I really love Han Solo. He does that thing that Larry does so well. He’s really human and real, but also really fun and banter-y and larger than life. And when I was a kid, I wanted to be Han Solo.

Kinberg isn’t exactly the greatest writer out there, but I think with the right guidance he could pull off a good Star Wars script. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

SOURCE: Hero Complex