Lawrence Kasdan had written The Empire Strikes Back and co-penned Return of the Jedi, more than thirty years ago and who collaborated with director J.J.Abrams on the screenplay for Episode 7 recently explain the writing process of creating the right balance of atmosphere and characters both new and old, in an interview with Vanity Fair:
And this new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J. directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, incident and character stuff and jokes and effects. One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters. A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, why isn’t this over? We didn’t want to make a movie like that. I mean, we were really aiming to have it be—when it’s over you’ll say, “I wish there’s more.” Or, “Wait, is it over?” Because how rarely you get that feeling nowadays, and I think we’re headed there. But it means that there will be constant critical looking at it from now to the end, saying, “Do we need this? Do we need that? Is it better if this comes out, even though we love it?” Killing your darlings.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015; Star Wars: Rogue One follows on December 16th, 2016; and Star Wars: Episode VIII (subtitle TBD) on May 26th, 2017.
Source: Vanity Fair