As we anxiously await an announcement regarding a director for Star Wars: Episode VII, Disney is continuing to recruit more writing and producing talent for the upcoming trilogy. A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) had already written a treatment for the new movie and was likely to be writing the script as well. This has since been confirmed, but according to a recent report, Arndt may not be alone. Sources indicate that two more writers have been approached to work on the new trilogy including veteran screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who is no stranger to the Star Wars franchise.
According to THR (and as originally reported by Deadline), Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have both locked down deals to write separate installments of the new trilogy and also to produce as well. Since Michael Arndt is reportedly penning Episode VII, it seems likely that they will be taking on Episode VIII and IX, although it’s not clear who will tackle which installment. It’s also not clear if they will both be following Arndt’s original treatment for the whole trilogy.
Kasdan’s involvement should give fans a feeling of confidence moving forward as he wrote the screenplay for both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (not to mention Raiders of the Lost Ark). He has plenty of experience with Lucasfilm, although he hasn’t done anything great as of late (his new film Darling Companion) has received mixed reviews). As for Simon Kinberg, he is best known for writing Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: The Last Stand. Are you happy to have Kasdan and Kinberg on board for the new Star Wars trilogy?