Before the ink was even dry on the deal, the gears of the Disney media machine started grinding towards and inevitable future. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion sent a ripple across the known universe. Star Wars was no longer under the control of one man; it was under control of the same titan that handled Pixar pictures, Marvel Comics and their own Disney Princess line.
Less than a month and a half later, everything is falling into place faster than anyone expected. Not only has Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) began working on the Star Wars: Episode VII script, but two more screenwriters have been hired to work on treatments of their own. Originally assumed to be Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) will be writing stories to expand the Star Wars Universe outside the tri-trilogy that makes up its foundation.
In case you missed that, I’ll repeat: The writer of the best Star Wars movie of all-time, The Empire Strikes Back, will be writing a new Star Wars movie! Sherlock was a great movie, too, but when it comes to Star Wars there is little that can beat the middle act of the original trilogy.
In other news, Samuel L. Jackson wants to bring Mace Windu back, even if he has to be a one-armed hologram, which is absolutely no surprise given how huge a fan the actor is.
With the information that the Mouse House plans to expand the universe and release a new Star Wars movie every 2-3 years, it could be possible Mace Windu is seen again, perhaps even in a personal prequel that tells his origin story.
First Marvel, now Lucasfilm? Which geek heaven will Disney purchase in 2015?