Screenwriter Profile: Lawrence Kasdan

lkThe Writer:

Lawrence Kasdan is the writer of some of the best, most loved movies of the last forty years. He’s at the heart of the Star Wars franchise — he wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well as the upcoming seventh installment, The Force Awakens — and he penned Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now in his mid-sixties, Kasdan is still going strong and can be relied upon for fast-moving stories full of drama, humor, and wit.


Untitled Star Wars Stand-Alone Project (screenplay) (announced) – 2018

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (screenplay) – 2015

Darling Companion (written by) – 2012

Dreamcatcher (screenplay) – 2003

Mumford (written by) – 1999

Wyatt Earp (written by) – 1994

The Bodyguard (written by) – 1992

Grand Canyon (written by) – 1991

The Accidental Tourist (screenplay) – 1988

Silverado (written by) – 1985

The Big Chill (written by) – 1983

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (screenplay) – 1983

Body Heat (written by) – 1981

Continental Divide (written by) – 1981

Raiders of the Lost Ark (screenplay) -1981

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (screenplay) – 1980


Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.

I want everything I do to have humor in it, because it seems to me that all of life has that.

I make the kind of pictures I like to see. As it so happens, they’re the kind no one else is doing.

You can tell any story in a Western. How can you not be fascinated by them?

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