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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.

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