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Recently, Michael Arndt ('Toy Story 3') was hired by Disney to pen the script for their new 'Star Wars' film. However, as the recently formed union between Disney and Lucasfilm has made very clear, there will not be just one new movie. At the very least, we'll be getting a new trilogy, and the question as to whether Arndt was intended to write all three movies of that new trilogy appears to have been answered. Disney is reportedly courting Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to write the next installments. 'Star Wars' fans should be well acquainted with the name Lawrence Kasdan, as he wrote both 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi.' He also wrote 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.' Kinberg's resume boasts the likes of 'X-Men: First Class,' 'Sherlock Holmes,' and 2014's 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' It should be noted that no official deal is on the table.
This is great news. While I can't say I'm at all disappointed that George Lucas will not be heavily involved in the new trilogy, to completely sever ties with the tradition of this iconic franchise would be unwise. While we all have our favorites among the original trilogy, more often than not it seems the debate comes down to 'Empire' or 'Jedi.' Having the writer of those two films on board would be a major boost for the new series. As to Kinberg, he has his own experience working within franchises with having written two X-Men films and one of the Sherlock Holmes movies. I have no doubt that he'll be an asset as well. Of course, all of this writer news is well and good, but when will Disney finally give us some clue as to who is directing at least the first new film? So far, the only indications we've been given involve struck down rumors from directors who were thought to be in the running. It's going to take a healthy collaborative effort between the writer and director if there is to be any hope of recapturing the magic of those first three films.
What do you guys think? Excited Kasdan may be returning to 'Star Wars?' Will Kinberg make suitable addition?