The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that two new scribes have been hired to work on Episodes VIII and Episodes IX. The first name that should cause some trepidation is Simon Kinberg, who wrote the very witty and action-packed Sherlock Holmes, but also wrote the abysmal and disastrous This Means War. But the real good news of the day is that Lawrence Kasdan, the man who gave us not only Empire Strikes Back, but also Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi (also possibly Dreamcatcher, but cut the guy some slack), will also come board to write and co-produce the films with Kinberg and Kathleen Kennedy, giving us a KKK of producers for–Oh, wait, maybe I should come up with a better nickname for them.
We already know that Michael Arndt is writing Episode VII and reportedly wrote an outline for the entire sequel trilogy. Whether or not Kingberg and Kasdan will be working off of Arndt’s approved premise or developing their own, or whether they’ll be writing together or each tackling one script of their own is still up in the air. But at the end of the day this is good news for anyone afraid of a Disneyfied trilogy. The man who froze Han Solo in carbonite is coming back to us–That’s something to celebrate.
Catch a clip of Kasdan talking about Jedi back in 1983.