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Report: Writers Approached for Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX

Disney, evidently super serious about this so-called Star Wars franchise it's acquired, is reportedly taking a step beyond hiring Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) to script Episode VII and moving on to Episodes VIII and IX. Deadline hears writers Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders Of The Lost Ark) and Simon Kinsberg (Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) have been approached "to get the ball rolling on the subsequent installments mapped out by Lucas." Kasdan — now there's an idea.

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