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With Disney planning to roll out a Star Wars film every other year starting in 2015, the studio is scrambling to cash in on their four billion dollar investment. They have already landed Academy Award winning writer Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”) to write “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Now they have turned their attention to two experienced scribes.

Lawrence Kasdan who co-wrote “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Return of the Jedi,” along with penning the screenplay for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” has been approached by Disney to write “Star Wars: Episode VIII.” He brings experience, knowledge, and clout to the franchise. Also, “The Empire Strikes Back” is considered to be the best Star Wars film to date.

Simon Kinberg who co-wrote “X-Men: Last Stand,” “X-Men: First Class,” and “Sherlock Holmes” has been tapped by Disney executives to write “Star Wars: Episode IX.” Kinberg would bring his experience handling sequel and prequel material to the front burner.

Speculation is Disney has signed the two writers already, but no official confirmation has been announced. All of the writers would be working off of George Lucas’ detailed outline and notes for the new trilogy.

The untitled “Star Wars: Episode VII” is expected to open in theaters in May of 2015. Michael Arndt will write the screenplay, while the director’s chair remains unfilled.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” opens in theaters in 2017.

“Star Wars: Episode IX” opens in theaters in 2019.

What do you think about the two year gap between film release dates compared to the three year interval used for the first two trilogies? Will this be a factor?

Sources: deadline, movieweb

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