It’s less than a month since Disney revealed their multibillion dollar acquisition of Lucasfilm and announced a new trilogy of Star Wars sequels, starting with Episode VII which is due to hit cinemas in 2015.
Since then it’s been all systems go as the House of Mouse gets ready to take us to a galaxy far, far away for the first time in over a decade.
We already knew that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt as on board to write film in the relaunched franchise, but if reports from the US are to be believed we now know who’ll be writing episodes VIII and IX too.
Whilst neither Disney nor Lucasfilm have made a formal announcement on the subject, yesterday several major outlets in the US began to report that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg had signed on to work on the upcoming Star Wars sequels.
Neither writer is perhaps a household name, but both have the kind of experience that’s likely to have fans foaming at the mouth with excitement. Kasdan in particular knows his way around the Star Wars universe having been involved in the scripts for 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back as well as the 1983 threequel Return Of The Jedi. He also wrote the screenplay for Raiders Of The Lost Ark.
Kinberg too is no stranger to big budget blockbusters having previously worked on Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes; he also helped to write X-Men: First Class and will be heavily involved in penning Bryan Singer’s upcoming sequel X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Disney plans to release a new Star Wars film every other year starting with 2015’s Episode VII, so if Kasdan and Kinberg are involved we’ll have to wait until at least 2017 to see the fruits of their labours.
Sources: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter