Ever since Disney bought LucasFilms and George Lucas handed the reigns of Star Wars to them, we’ve been waiting. “Toy Story ” scribe Michael Arndt is writing Episode VII. No director has been chosen yet, though everyone it seems from Brad Bird to J.J. Abrams is pulling their names out of contention. But, that hasn’t stopped Disney from hiring writers for Episodes VIII and IV!

“Empire Strikes Back” writer Lawrence Kasdan will reportedly write Episode VIII and Simon Kinberg (“Sherlock Holmes”) will write episode IX.

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