Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX writers found
It looks like writers and producers have been found for another two episodes of the ongoing Star Wars series adding to the previous story that Disney had found a writer for Star Wars: Episode VII, so if this is true they would have a treatment spanning three films and now three writers. An episode each perhaps?
There is some strong writing pedigree with these two new writers, and coupled with the previous it does look like Disney aren't taking the new Star Wars trilogy on lightly.
Previously on Filmstalker, you have to say that with a deep rasping voice, we heard that Michael Arndt had delivered a treatment with a story arc that would cover the trilogy and that he was the man lined up to write Episode VII, the first in the trilogy that Disney are going to deliver now that they own Lucasfilm.
The story of Arndt writing Star Wars: Episode VII is still yet to be confirmed but just as we're waiting for the official word on that we hear that two writers/producers are signed up for the next two films, Episode VIII and IX.
They don't have word of how the split between the films will be made, presumably one of them will write one episode and the other the other.
Simon Kinberg has written Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand (Filmstalker review), Jumper (Filmstalker review), Sherlock Holmes, This Means War and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, let's not talk about xXx 2: The Next Level shall we? There are some great stories in there so it might be interesting to see what Kinberg can do with such an epic scale story and under such strict controls of the franchise.
Meanwhile Lawrence Kasdan is a familiar face to the franchise as he co-wrote Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, films you may be familiar with. He also has writing credits for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, Grand Canyon, The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp and we shall overlook the title of Dreamcatcher shall we?
Those are good lists for both writers and a strong promise on paper for both films; add in Arndt for the first episode in the new trilogy and this is looking really interesting. Again, on paper, it looks like the second two films would be the stronger but then that would be a nice reflection on the trilogies to date.
Strong writers, and I'm sure there are equally strong directors to come, but the question remains, where is the trilogy going to go and will it work without the central baddies? The second trilogy didn't have the strength of the first for me because it lacked the huge presence that Darth Vader brought to it. We almost saw that return with Darth Maul but he was just thrown in there for a plot turn and after that no one really rose to take his place.
So now that the Empire are in tatters, Vader and his master are dead, the strongest dark forces are gone what's left to provide the central threat for the story? Will they just create a new Vader to threaten the new Jedi and start it all off again?