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Writers set for ‘Star Wars’ VIII and IX

- November 21st, 2012

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Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have signed deals to write the eight and ninth instalments of the upcoming Star Wars trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As already reported, Episode VII is being written by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt. When Lucasfilm sold the Star Wars property to Disney last month, creator George Lucas provided detailed story outlines for subsequent films and spin-offs.

Kasdan is no stranger to the Star Wars franchise. He co-wrote Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in the 1980s. He also wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark. He’s been a bit quiet over the past decade directing only two films in the 2000s – Dreamcatcher and last year’s Darling Companion.

Kinberg has been involved in the recent spate of X-Men films, writing X-Men 3: The Last Stand and the upcoming Days of Future Past.

Directors for the upcoming films, the first of which is due in 2013, have not yet been announced.

Are you happy with the writers that have been chosen to pen the new series? Let us know in the comments.

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5 comments

  1. James | November 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    So long as Lucas isn’t writing them, I’m happy.

  2. jester | November 21, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Do you know anything about the story?

  3. Mark | November 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Jester, some people think that the new films might adapt elements from the Thrawn Trilogy – a book series that takes place several years after the events in Return of the Jedi (Sorry, haven’t read it, so I don’t know any more than that). Lucasfilm has apparently debunked that, though, saying that the new films will be completely original.

  4. Oblong | November 25, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Timothy Zahn (who wrote the Thrawn Trilogy) should be writing these 3. The Thrawn Trilogy alluded to events in Episodes 7 – 9. I hope they do follow these suggestions.

  5. angelo | November 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I would love a darker theme like new jedi order, but i am assuming these will be much more family friendly….Which to me is still a win, with so much in the star wars universe being available to them it should be amazing. Disney made me a Happy kid once again. Sincerely thank you,

    Angelo

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