Today, there was official confirmation from the head of Disney Bob Iger, that there will be spin-off films in the Star Wars cinematic universe. What does this mean? Well, what we previously thought may not be true (that remains to be seen, with this news). We thought that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were going to be the screenwriters on Episodes VIII and IX, and that might still be true, as no writers have been announced at this time for those films. They will be consulting on those films, as they are on Episode VII currently. However, they will be pretty busy developing their own screenplays following individual characters in the Star Wars universe.
This is something that I never thought would happen. When the Star Wars prequels came to an end, it was pretty common knowledge then, that George Lucas was done with Star Wars films. Back in high school, I would talk with friends about how there would eventually be nine films. Now it’s happening, and there is more planned after that.
There has been a lot announced since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm was announced on October 30, 2012. Nothing specific about the stories yet, but I’ll write more about what the stories mean for the expanded universe in another entry in this series.
Who is writing Star Wars: Episodes 7, 8 and 9?