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.
Writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg may be writing Star Wars spin-offs instead of the sequels
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 StarWars.com.' 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.]"