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It seems that Disney isn’t wasting any time on getting ready to roll on its second and third films in the new Star Wars trilogy.
While it has already been announced that Michael Arndt is scripting Star Wars Episode VII, Deadline reported late Tuesday afternoon that writers have been approached for Episode VIII and IX. Lawrence Kasdan – who wrote the screenplays for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi – will take on the second film, while Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) will take on the third one. Both films will come from treatments that were written by George Lucas himself.
Later in the evening The Hollywood Reporter followed up with a report that the deals are actually done, but it is just for Episode VIII, and that the two will also serve as producers for the second installment.
While this may seem like Disney is getting ahead of itself, seeing as Episode VII is due in 2015 and the follow-ups are supposed to follow at a rate of one every other year, the studio will need to begin prepping quickly to get these out on time. Kasdan in particular is a good sign for the series, and Kinberg at least understands how franchises work in addition to writing some decent material.
Things certainly seem to be pointing towards Star Wars coming back in a big, bad way and quickly.