Kasdan & Kinberg May Be Writing Spin-Off 'Star Wars' Films Instead?
All right, this one has us scratching our heads. Just over week ago, news came that Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan and Sherlock Holmes writer Simon Kinberg had been hired to write Episode VIII and Episode IX of the new Star Wars trilogy. This came after Michael Arndt was already hired to script a 40-50 page treatment and also script Episode VII himself. However, Lucasfilm and Disney have yet to confirm this news, and now some confusing information has come to light. THR reports Kasdan and Kinberg will be working on Star Wars, but they may not be writing the the second two new trilogy films.
Apparently, Kasdan and Kinberg have been hired to work on films that would be like spin-offs, and that's why the writers would also be producing the films themselves. The trade says these films are "not necessarily Episode VIII and Episode IX" but "could turn into official 'Episodes' in the main Skywalker storyline or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters." Honestly, we're not sure what the hell that means, but we're going to try and figure it out.
When the new Star Wars film was announced after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, CEO Bob Iger said their plan was to release a Star Wars movie every two to three years. Everyone just assumed that it would be the new trilogy spaced out over those years as usual. However, this news pegs the treatment of the Star Wars franchise the same way The Avengers was assembled in that these other Star Wars films by Kinberg and Kasdan could serve as lead-ups to Episodes VII and IX featuring characters who will show up or come together in those pillar films. At least that's our interpretation of the news.
What's interesting, is that not too long ago, a story emerged in that had president Kathleen Kennedy saying there were going to be two to three films from Lucasfilm each year following Episode VII. There was some dissension as to whether or not Kennedy meant films in general or Star Wars films. If this story is to be believed, we might be getting more than one Star Wars film each year, which sounds like a whole lot of sci-fi action. Maybe we can get something like The Force Unleashed video games on the big screen? Honestly, I wish Lucasfilm would just announce just a vague hint of their official plans. Thoughts?