'Empire Strikes Back' & 'Sherlock Holmes' Writers Taking on 'Star Wars'
It's still hard to believe that this is all really happening. While we're still waiting to hear who will direct Star Wars: Episode VII (Brad Bird is the most recent name out of the running), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt has already turned in a 40-50 page treatment for the whole new trilogy and is supposed to write Episode VII on his own. Now we have word on who will script Episode VIII and Episode IX. Heat Vision has word Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan and Sherlock Holmes writer Simon Kinberg will write the other two sequels, but it's not clear who will write which one.
Kasdan is a fine choice as he wrote both Empire Strikes Back (the best Star Wars film in my opinion) and Return of the Jedi, not to mention the story for the Shadows of the Empire video game back in the 90s. His work with George Lucas also spans to Raiders of the Lost Ark, and he has three Oscar nominations in his past including The Big Chill. Meanwhile, Kinberg is less versed with Star Wars, but no strange to blockbusters. He produced X-Men: First Class and is writing the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, and has also written Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jumper and X-Men: The Last Stand (the last two make us leery.
In addition, the two would also produce the films. That's a pretty good team of writes for new Star Wars, but now we need a director to kick-off the franchise just right. If it's not Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg or J.J. Abrams then we're not sure who our top choice is now. Jon Favreau is so passionate about the saga, but he might not be the best for the job. And we're still fond of anyone else on our list of ten directors for the job who haven't taken themselves out of the running.