Just a week ago I reported that rather exciting news that Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan, and X-Men: Days of Future Past and Sherlock Holmes writer Simon Kinberg, were working on two of the Star Wars sequels for Disney. It was thought that both Kinberg and Kasdan would write, and possibly produce a sequel each, but sadly that rumour has been crushed today.
Turns out that both are definitely writing for Disney’s newly acquired Star Wars universe, but in a slightly different capacity. Disney CEO Robert Iger has said that we wants to see a new Star Wars film made every two to three years, and while it would appear that both Episode’s VIII and IX will indeed be about the Skywalker family, it sounds like there are plans for a Marvel type spin-off too.
According to THR “Their scripts could turn into official ‘Episodes’ in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters.”
So we could be looking at Kinberg and Kasdan writing one of these spin-offs instead, yet nothing has been confirmed so again, treat this a simply a rumour for now. However, should this turn out to be true, we could be looking at spin-off films focusing on other characters other than the Skywalker family to link Episodes VIII and IX. Think Marvel but on an even bigger scale. I mean, there are SO many characters in the Star Wars universe that the options for characters having their own film are endless.
This does sound intriguing, and very ambitious, and it is clear that Disney are planning to get everything they can out of their Lucasfilm purchase. No doubt there will be more, much more in the coming weeks, months and years!
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