It’s been a busy month in the world of Star Wars movies. The cinematic franchise is, as you more than likely know, being resurrected, courtesy of Disney’s decision to buy Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII, the first in a new trilogy, is being written by Michael Arndt, and we’re expecting a director announcement in due course (it’s more than likely that the helmer for the new Star Wars film has been chosen, but everyone is staying mum for the time being).
Disney has said, though, that it’s looking for new Star Wars movies every other year, with Episode 8 and Episode 9 set for release in 2017 and 2019 respectively. And it now seems as though writers have been found for those films.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that deals have apparently been closed for Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to start work on Star Wars Episode 8 and 9. And these are encouraging appointments.
It’s terrific to see Lawrence Kasdan in particular on board. He has history with Lucasfilm, given that he wrote or co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Furthermore, Simon Kinberg is hardly a shabby choice either. Amongst his screenplays are those for X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: The Last Stand. He’s also penned the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past.