The big Vanity Fair issue covering Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out digitally and there were a couple interesting reveals in the article.
While most of it was fluff or stuff people already knew about the movie, there are some things in there that would be of interest to people curious about the development of the first Star Wars movie in a decade. Hopefully we someday get a Rinzler book about the making of the movie, as this is obviously just the tip of the iceberg:
- The reason why the Michael Arndt draft wasn’t used was because he was taking too long to complete the screenplay. His actual screenplay wasn’t completed until almost November of 2013 when Abrams and Kasdan took over the writing duties.
- Abrams and Kasdan completed their screenplay in January of 2014.
- Arndt’sÂ draft was said to focus on much younger characters, teenagers as the writer puts it, however this section of the article is hard to take on face value as the author uses it as a way to bash the Prequels.
- Prior to JJ coming on board, Kennedy had a creative brain trust together that would work on the story. The people in this group were Kiri Hart, Michael Arndt, Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinberg.
- George Lucas called JJ Abrams to tell him he should direct the movie and offered his help if it was wanted.
- The Millennium Falcon door story is again used to describe Harrison Ford’s injury, when most people know it to be false. Ford was actually injured by a hydraulic stage door that fell on him (and Abrams threw his back out trying to lift it off the actor). But saying it was a lightweight set door from his ship always is more “sexy” to write in magazine articles.
- Towards the end of the article the author says Lucasfilm PR has “nebulous” plans for Star Wars at San Diego Comic Con in July. This flies in the face of everything said so far about Disney attending SDCC, as well as the confirmation that Star Wars would be at D23 a month later.
The rest of the article describes how JJ Abrams and Kasdan developed the story in very public conversations as well as some brief descriptions of Abrams working with ILM as well as a quote from John Williams at the end. There aren’t any huge story revelations in the article, so don’t go looking for that.
Is it worth the $5 cover price? Only if you absolutely want to know every possible detail about the development of the movie and can read past some major Prequel bashing on the part of the author.