May The 4th: Simon Kinberg On What The Star Wars Spinoff Films Will Keep From The Originals

simon kinbergThere aren’t any specific plot or character details here, so please don’t come looking for that kind of information. We’re talking about something a bit more nebulous, easier to promise and perhaps harder to deliver – but nonetheless, ultimately more important.

In a new interview with The LA Times, Simon Kinberg has explained just what he was he responded to in the original Star Wars films, and now wants to bring over to the spinoff film – or maybe films – that he’s working on for Lucasfilm.

It’s still early days, Kinberg says, but:

the spirit of the original movie is the thing I fell in love with, so it’s the spirit of that that I think will guide us… I think what worked so well in all of the Star Wars movies is the characters. 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.

I won’t argue with that. Well, except for the bit about Star Wars spawning mediums. Because that didn’t happen, and it won’t have until we’re all watching daily soap operas play out amongst the characters on a holochess board.

Kinberg is one of the named writers working on a spin-off and the other is Lawrence Kasdan. It’s believed that one of these films will be about the young Han Solo. The closest we get to a clue as to which of the writers will be handling that film comes in Kinberg’s final comment:

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.

You could read that either way, or maybe not read anything into it all. I’m inclined to think that Kasdan is on the Han Solo picture, though I’ve also wondered if they’re not actually collaborating on both.

The next Kinberg-written movie to reach cinemas will be X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 17th next year.