The Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog spoke to Simon Kinberg, who is writing a Star Wars spinoff film, about the franchise in general and the task ahead of him. Kinberg, who along with Return of the Jedi alum Lawrence Kasdan is hard at work on the spinoffs, told Hero Complex that he considers his fellow writer "an idol of mine" and "the reason I wanted to get into screenwriting when I was a kid." He also said this:
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.