Now that Michael Arndt has officially come onboard to write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII, there's talk that Lucasfilm has already signed deals with writers for the following two sequels. Those writers, according to Deadline and other sources, are Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class), and while no one from Lucasfilm is confirming their involvement, writers from both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have taken to Twitter to double and triple confirm, with the latter saying the deals are done and both writers will also serve as producers.
So what we're most likely looking at is Kasdan scripting Star Wars: Episode VIII, which would be fitting because of his work on Empire Strikes Back, and then Kinberg batting third with scripting duties on the final installment in the trilogy. Could we see Kinberg reteam with X-Men director Matthew Vaughn for that one? Hey, at this point anything is possible.
Remember that all three of these films are based on ideas George Lucas has already put forth, meaning these three writers will be working off original concepts from the series creator himself -- possible storylines he's had in his head since the original trilogy. Honestly, it's hard not to get excited about this, especially with the talent they're lining up. It'll be interesting to see how they go about maintaining similar sensibilities when it comes to that original trilogy -- especially all these years later, after all these advancements in technology -- but bring it on, we say.
What say you?