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2 More Writers for Star Wars?
Rumors on Episode VIII and IX
By Robert T. Trate
November 20, 2012
Rumors, hearsay, or the truth?
Deadline is reporting that Empire Strikes Back co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan has been hired by Disney to pen Episode VIII and IX. Further more, X-Men: First Class screenwriter Simon Kinberg will be assisting in writing duties as well.
All this will follow the 50 page treatment that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) has written featuring the further adventures of what could be Luke, Leia and Han. They are said to be in the treatment yet, the scope of their involvement is not yet known.
Personally, I see this as good news because Kasdan’s input on the prequel’s was sorely lacking. Kinberg also had a hand in Sherlock Holmes and penned the script for X-Men: Days of Future Present.
Mike Fleming Jr., does say: “I’ve heard Disney has approached Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg and I believe it is to get the ball rolling on the subsequent installments mapped out by Lucas”.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision had this to say as of 4:41 PM Tuesday afternoon.
“Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have closed deals to write installments of the new Star Wars trilogy, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The pair will write either Episode VIII or Episode IX -- their exact division of responsibilities is yet to be determined -- and also will come aboard to produce the films”.