Last week we heard writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) would be involved in a future Star Wars project. Now we’re hearing that they aren’t writing episodes VII and IX, but rather are writing scripts that may become part of the Skywalker storyline or may be used for spinoffs involving side characters.
Wait, spinoffs already? Well, it’s not that surprising given that Disney wants movies from this universe every two to three years. And this is actually particularly interesting given the recent retirement of longtime “Star Wars” steward Rick McCallum. As you might remember, he had been talking up a “Star Wars” TV series for a while, and over the summer revealed there were 50 completed scripts. Could Kasdan and Kinberg be overseeing those scripts and trying to shuffle and connect them into the new trilogy? It’s a big, broad guess, but we can’t imagine Disney or Lucasfilm are going to let three-and-a-half years of work wither away. [The Playlist]
That makes sense, and I’ve always wondered why there aren’t more TV shows based on Star Wars. I mean, there’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians. That has a Wookiee named Khloé, but I keep waiting for Chewbacca to show up and he just never does.
By the way, we have an amazing sneak peek of Star Wars: Episode VII courtesy of Barely Political. We particularly enjoyed the binder labelled “classic movies to ruin” on George Lucas’ desk.
[Thanks to Anastasia for the tip.]