Oh hi, Star Wars. Nice to see you well again. I guess a lot of that has to do with today’s announcement, which is:
Lawrence Kasdan, the screenwriter responsible for crafting the stories for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, has been hired by Disney & Lucasfilm to pen the script for either Star Wars: Episode VIII or Episode IX.
Why the either/or? Because yet another screenwriter has been thrown into the sequel trilogy mix:
Simon Kinberg, the guy behind Mr. and Mrs. Smith and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, is going to write one of the two Star Wars movies that follows 2015′s Episode VII (to be written by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Michael Arndt).
Kasdan and Kinberg are also getting producer credits on the movies.
I’m sure once Disney & Lucasfilm officially announce the two writers, we’ll get a clear idea as to which writer is writing which movie. I suspect Kasdan will write the middle chapter of the trilogy, as he most triumphantly did with Empire Strikes Back in the original trilogy.
Awesome news all around.
Source: Hollywood Reporter