Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg May Write ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Offs Instead of Sequels

Original trilogy star Mark Hamill still doesn’t know if Luke Skywalker will return in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’.

Writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg may be writing Star Wars spin-offs instead of the sequels
Writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg may be writing Star Wars spin-offs instead of the sequels
Last week, we reported that Lawrence Kasdan will write Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Simon Kinberg is writing Star Wars: Episode IX, news that still hasn't been confirmed by Disney. It turns out there's a good reason for that, since the scribes may not be writing those movies after all.

Insiders claim that the writers will be working on separate projects that may either turn out to be used as the sequel scripts, which will continue the Skywalker storyline, or potential spin-offs focusing on side characters. Nothing has been confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm at this time. But it looks like this franchise is going to take a note from Marvel's The Avengers in the way sequels and spin-offs are set-up.

In related news, last month, we reported that Mark Hamill may return as Luke Skywalker in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. While no deals are official yet, the actor spoke about the sequel at the red carpet premiere of his new movie Sushi Girl. Take a look at the actor's candid remarks, commenting that he believed George Lucas and Disney actually announced the massive deal too soon.

"I don't have any information that isn't already out there. And I'm in a place where sometimes I forget what's classified and what's not. I said to my son - because my son is really the Star Wars fanatic in my family, of my three kids - I said, 'How come you know more about Star Wars than me or even Lucasfilm?' He goes, "Well, Dad, I go to' He knew about the new writer, Michael Arndt, before I knew about that... I'm not holding out on you. I just know that nothing's been decided, whether we're in or out. I was surprised at how George announced it, because he told me about this last summer. Not about Disney, but just that they decided after all these years that they were gonna go do VII, VIII, and IX. We were just shocked. But it's so in the early stages... I thought he announced too early. I don't know what the timing was in terms of the Disney deal. But we don't know what's going on really. And when we do, believe me, we'll let you know! [Laughs.]"

Star Wars: Episode VIII comes to theaters May 26th, 2017. The film is directed by Rian Johnson.

Star Wars: Episode IX comes to theaters in 2019. The film is directed by Rian Johnson.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Comments (18)

  1. Titanictom

    How About a Knights Of The Old Republic Trilogy That Takes Place 700 or So Years before Episode 1???!!!!

    2 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  2. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    Tangent- Hamill's Sushi Girl looks epic.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  3. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    Ok, so this is saying that Episodes 8 and 9 will still happen, just have different writers? I'm confused.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  4. justatadmatt

    @bawnian-dexeus i meant it in more of a reassuring sense than a definite. i know there is a VERY high chance this could completely fall apart...i'm just hoping it does not. i thought disney (a lot of credit does go to Kevin Feige) did a good job of balancing the franchise for a mass audience and the intense fanboy. that could just be my opinion though...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  5. Robert McDougal

    OH GOD NO!!!!!! PLEASE NOOOOOOOOO!!! Episode VII is doomed. Kasdan couldn't write to save his life. He lost any writing abilities over two decades ago. He wrote and directed Darling Companion for god sakes. The most cliche ridden, predictable, stupid and pointless movie ever. He wrote, produced, and directed Dreamcatcher,&#65279 Wyatt Earp, French Kiss, and Mumford. All terrible sloppy atrocities. Kasdan used to be&#65279 a great writer, but has lost his touch and is way beyond his time.
    Don't even get me started on that lousy pathetic excuse for a writer, Simon&#65279 Kinberg, He was a script doctor for Fantastic Four , Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and Knight and Day. He wrote and produced Jumper which tops Darling Companion for the stupidist movie ever. All that makes me want to do is jump off a building, or surgically remove the terrible writing that is scarred into my brain. Once someone rapes the X-Men trilogy after Brian Singer made two great movies, it's time for them to go, Brett Ratner shouldn't get all the blame. Even Zues couldn't direct a good movie with a screenplay that abominable. I think Kinberg intentionally ruined the X-Men trilogy. What was the point of&#65279 making Magneto an a*shole? Mr. and Ms. Smith was pretty vomit-retching. That so called screenwriting creature should not get any credit for the solid awesome movie that was X-Men: First Class. He didn't write a single letter of that script (X-Men: First Class) and thank god he didn't. All he did was be one of FOUR producers. If anything, he probably made it worse. I was excited for these&#65279 sequels, but there's no hope now, Star Wars is being raped again. Please, anything but this, bring on George Lucas again, anything, PLEASE NOOOO!!!!!

    2 years agoby @Robert-McDougalFlag

  6. Rodney Roover

    @justatadmatt I agree but they should title them differently instead of naming them Star Wars Episode X...I just think a spinoff would suck

    2 years agoby @Rodney-RooverFlag

  7. ROFLitschristian

    I was just accepting the sequel thingies...

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  8. Sean

    Spin-offs instead of sequels? I'm not sure what to say about that.......

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Honestly, I laugh every time someone brings up "They can't fail, look what they did with Avengers".

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. justatadmatt

    @bawnian-dexeus@Rodney-Roover i think you have to consider them as standalone type films. Hopefully they won't be dragging out story lines and can revisit characters that people really want to see more of...such as Darth Vader between Episode III and IV or Boba Fett. It opens up a lot of possibilities that if done right could be really neat. After seeing what they did with Avengers, I actually have faith in this...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  11. WongFu


    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  12. Rodney Roover


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  13. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I'm not interested in spin-offs. It would be overkill

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  14. Gandoff

    I hope, they do a finishing story arc on 7,8 and 9. The rebuilding of the Jedi Counsel, and the Republic Senate. They could show them finished the last of the Galactic Empire, and a new Sith Lord that was a secret apprentice. Then a new Star Wars story. Star Wars "The New Republic", or Star Wars "Old Republic".

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  15. SherlockHolmes2009

    Ugh this is killing my brain, too many Star Wars movies coming out, I say do the sequels then do the spinn off sequels. Who else heard the rumor that Matthew Vaughns either directiing or producing Movie 7, I could have sworn he passed on it.

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  16. phatalphd

    Imagine if you're dad was luke skywalker. That's gotta be insane.

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  17. the MovieGhost

    @justatadmatt The most common "rumor" I've seen is that Johnston wants to do a Boba Fett movie. I'm with you in hoping one day we get that.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  18. justatadmatt

    I think this is a fantastic idea. Give the fans what they want. Continue with Luke, Leia, and Han's kids and also branch out and explore some of the other characters and stories...fingers crossed for Boba Fett.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

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