Disney are really moving ahead fast with their newly acquired Star Wars trilogy. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) has been hired to write Episode VII, and the studio have announced plans to release a new Star Wars film every two years, beginning with Episode VII in 2015. Now it seems they have already begun work on Episodes VIII and IX!
When the deal for $4 billion was struck, George Lucas passed over his treatments and all notes for the final trilogy of Star Wars films to producer Kathleen Kennedy, and these treatments would be re-worked by writers hired for the new trilogy. Michael Arndt got the job of writing Episode VII, and while a director is yet to be found for the first film in the new trilogy, it sounds like writers have already been announced for the next two films!
Deadline broke the rumour on yesterday, and according to Heat Vision is has now been confirmed who will be writing the next two films, and it is good news! Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have reportedly signed on to not only write, but also produce Episodes 8 and 9!
Any Star Wars fan already knows the skills Kasdan has when it comes to Star Wars, for he was the writer of the best Star Wars film of all, The Empire Strikes Back. To have him onboard to write one of the new films is like a dream come true, and any concerns that these new films might end up a disastrous mess like Episodes 1, 2 and 3 can be safely discarded now. Kasdan also wrote Return of the Jedi which, while the weakest out of the original trilogy, is still a bloody good film and a hell of a lot of fun.
Simon Kinberg is also no stranger to franchises, having written X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, he too is a welcome addition to the writing team.
It has not been reported which episodes Kasdan and Kinberg will write, but it has also been reported that the pair will produce the film as well. Again this is welcome news, with Kinberg already having produced a number of films including: Elysium, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and X-Men: First Class. Kasdan has also had his share of producing over the years with films like The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp, The Big Chill and Dreamcatcher.
It would appear that Disney are taking no chances with their new found gold mine, and while we still wait for confirmation on the director of Episode VII, it is clear that Disney going to ensure they really get the right person for the job. I expect we will be hearing much more on this over the coming few weeks.
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