New Star Wars films to be written by Empire Strikes Back and X-Men writers

harrisonnewNow that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm from George Lucas, grabbing the rights to the Star Wars films in the process, production is slowly gearing up for the next films in the Star Wars universe. Can Disney resurrect Star Wars after it was savagely mauled by Jar Jar Binks and a young Anakin Skywalker?

Movie Hole reports that the writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg, writer of X-Men: The Last Stand, will be writing screenplays based on George Lucas' notes and outlines for Episodes VIII and IX. Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) will write the first new film, Episode VII, due out in 2015. He may also direct.

Entertainment Weekly has reported that Harrison Ford is "open to the idea of doing the movie" and is "upbeat about it." Carrie Fisher, who originally played Princess Leia, apparently joked that she had been signed on to reprise her role in the new films, which created numerous Internet headlines, but had no basis in reality.

A few other rumours are doing the rounds.

Screen Rant claims the director of X-Men: First Class director, Matthew Vaughn, is in the running to direct Episode VII. The Hollywood Reporter suggests, based on its industry sources, that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg's Episodes VIII and IX will be spin-off films, rather than direct follow ons.

I'm sure we'll be hearing more and more as time passes and hopefully some "official news" too. The more I hear and think about the possibility of new Star Wars films, the more I feel favourably disposed towards them. Perhaps a classic Star Wars come back can wipe the memory of the Star Wars prequels from all our minds once and for all.

Star Wars: Episode VII will arrive in theaters in 2015, with a new film to follow every two or three years.

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