Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg may be writing 'Star Wars' spinoffs, not sequels
What proper geeks would we be if we didn't keep you up on the latest about Disney's upcoming Star Wars movies? Bad ones, that's what kind. But there's news: It seems newly hired screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg will indeed be writing projects based on George Lucas' universe, just not necessarily sequential projects post-Return of the Jedi. Kinda like an expanded universe thing, y'see, which is probably what Lucasfilm should have done in the first place.
The Hollywood Reporter says the pair will be writing separate projects that aren't going to be Episodes VIII and IX (although they still say Michael Arndt is working on Episode VII). These scripts could be potential spinoffs based on side characters, and not direct sequels. THR says Disney CEO Roger Iger wants to make a Star Wars movie "every two to three years," and expanding the base of characters a la The Avengers is a way to do that.
This really makes sense, because the comic books and video games and whatever have been going this route for years. Disney's not stupid; Star Wars is a way for them to practically print money, because if the nerds were willing to shell out $850 million globally for Revenge of the Sith, imagine what they'd pay to see where Luke Skywalker's future wife Mara Jade came from. And if you're dorky enough to know that reference, you'd know that could tie into an Episode VII, anyway.