Steven Spielberg worked with the famed screenwriter on the first Indiana Jones film, Raiders of The Lost Ark, but this was one of their rare collaborations, as Kasdan has worked more extensively with Spielberg’s pal George Lucas. Along with this aforementioned Raiders connection, Kasdan also helped Lucas write the two sequels in the original Star Wars trilogy – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi. Yet one has to wonder what he would do with a Spielberg script. Would he make the otherwise suburban family friendly tale regarding a fatherless boy being visited by aliens or the unknown a bit more edgy and darker?
These days, Lawrence Kasdan now has the money to write and direct his own stuff as opposed to tagging along with Lucas, much less Spielberg, as their go to screenwriter. Although he will be returning to the Star Wars fold with Disney’s upcoming reboot of the franchise as a consultant for the upcoming sequel trilogy, along with writing its Film and TV based spinoffs.