We’ve known for a few weeks that Star Wars Episode VII will be written by Michael Arndt, whose filmography includes work on Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3. This week, the big news was that two more screenwriters have signed on for Disney’s next Star Wars trilogy, and one of them has a very special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans. Lawrence Kasdan (who also has a career as a director) was one of two credited screenwriters on The Empire Strikes Back (AKA Episode V, etc.), which is generally considered to be the best of the six Star Wars films. Simon Kinberg worked as a screenwriter on Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: The Last Stand, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, and he was also one of the producers of X-Men: First Class. Kasdan and Kinberg have both closed deals to produce and write screenplays for Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, but what is currently unknown is which film either will write. There’s also some confusion as to whether they will each write a script separately, or whether they will be working together as cowriters on the same script. For obvious reasons, the preferred scenario for many fans would be to see Lawrence Kasdan writing Star Wars Episode VIII, since with The Empire Strikes Back, Kasdan cowrote what is arguably the finest “bridge story” ever committed to film.
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