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Lawrence Kasdan
Biographical information
Born

January 14, 1949

Career
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Producer, director, screenwriter

Star Wars work
Other works of note

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Lawrence Kasdan (born January 14, 1949, in Miami, Florida) is an American movie producer, director and screenwriter. George Lucas commissioned Kasdan in 1979 to complete the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back after the death of Leigh Brackett. Lucas then commissioned Kasdan to write the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed by Return of the Jedi. Kasdan, along with screenwriter Simon Kinberg, will serve as a consultant on the upcoming film Star Wars Episode VII, and both are working on additional standalone Star Wars films.

BiographyEdit

Raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he graduated from Morgantown High School in 1966, he went on to attend the University of Michigan as an education major.

After working as a freelance advertising copywriter, the introduction of Kasdan into the film business came in the mid-1970s when he sold his script for The Bodyguard to Warner Bros. as a vehicle for Diana Ross. The script became stuck in "development hell" and became one of several scripts successively called "the best un-made film in Hollywood"; it was eventually produced as 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Kasdan made his directing debut with Body Heat in 1981.

Kasdan is known for both writing and directing his films, which have ranged from Westerns to romantic comedies to, most prominently, thought-provoking rams. He has received four Academy Award nominations, for screenplays to The Big Chill, Grand Canyon, and The Accidental Tourist, for which he also earned a directing nod. He has cast Kevin Kline in five of his films.

Disney Star Wars filmsEdit

Reports first surfaced on November 20, 2012 that Kasdan, along with screenwriter Simon Kinberg, would be co-producing all three films of the upcoming Star Wars sequel trilogy, and would share writing responsibilities with Kinberg on Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX.[3] Subsequent reports, citing insider confirmation, suggested that Kasdan and Kinberg would indeed be writing Star Wars projects, just not necessarily Episodes VIII and IX.[4] StarWars.com confirmed on January 25, 2013 that Kasdan and Kinberg will be serving as project consultants on Star Wars Episode VII, to be released in 2015.[5] On February 5, 2013, Disney confirmed that the two were working on new standalone films, not Episodes VIII and IX as reported two and a half months earlier.[2]

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