Simon Kinberg has been tasked with writing a stand alone Star Wars film and has been quoted on his approach to it.
“We're really at the early phases of figuring out the details, 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.”
Question by Noelene Clark:
Larry Kasdan said that what sets the original movies apart is that they're more about people than the films that followed. Do you plan to take this new film back in that direction?
“Completely. 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. You want to go back and see those characters, like I did when I was a kid. "Empire Strikes Back" was the first movie I saw in a movie theater more than once. And I went back 10, 15 times in the theater, and I've seen it probably over a 100 times since.
But I saw it that many times in the theater because I loved those characters. I loved Han, I loved Leia, I loved Luke, I was right at the age when I was old enough to start to understand the nuance of that movie. I think I was too young for "New Hope" when it came out in the theater, although I loved it and it was my favorite film until "Empire." And then really, that changed my life, that movie.”
Which all sounds like a man who understands what his job is!