While talking with Wired about a variety of topics, Lawrence Kasdan — Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-writer and a writer on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — said Star Wars is its own genre of storytelling.
"It's not really science fiction. It's really something on its own, fantasy and myth and science fiction and Flash Gordon and Akira Kurosawa all mixed up together," he explained. "For that reason, like all genre it can hold a million different kinds of artists an[sic] stories. That's why I think Rian Johnson's movie [Episode VIII] is going to be amazing, and I think Chris Lord and Phil Miller's movie [about young Han Solo] is going to be amazing."
In discussing the notion of genre itself, Kasdan called it a "vessel" for any story a writer wants to tell. Using his two westerns, Silverado and Wyatt Earp, as examples, he said, "If you want to make a western, you can tell any story in the world in a western, you know? It can be about family, betrayal, revenge, the opening up of the country—which to some extent Silverado is about. Then you make a movie like Wyatt Earp, about things closing down and turning dark, figures who are considered heroic. What's the reality of people doing what they did?"
The underlying stories, he explained, are always relatable no matter the vessel. "Those stories never get old, because they are issues everybody faces every day," he said.