Oscar winner and Toy Story 3
writer Michael Arndt was originally writing the new Star Wars
film, but left the project, and Abrams explained to Deadline
, "It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be. Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars
movie, is kind of unbeatable." He added, "Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn't be a bigger fan of his or adore him more. He's a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process."