A little over a week ago, it was announced that writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg had been brought on to begin writing the scripts for subsequent Star Wars films that follow Michael Arndt's Star Wars: Episode VII, but now it seems that's only partially true. THR is reporting that the films these two have been brought on to write are separate projects that might actually be spin-off films about individual characters from the Star Wars universe and not necessarily "Episodes VII" and "IX."
Disney is said to be planning on taking the 'Marvel' approach to Star Wars and releasing a new film every 2-3 years with some that focus on different aspects of the Universe, but they're remaining tight lipped about all of this for now.
Kasdan worked on the scripts for two of the original "Star Wars" films, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark. Kinberg's credits include X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
In other news Mark Hamill spoke to ComingSoon.Net recently and they asked him about his involvement in the film:
CS: Do you have any news you can share regarding Star Wars: Episode VII?
Hamill: I don't have any information that isn't already out there. And I'm in a place where sometimes I forget what's classified and what's not. I said to my son – because my son is really the Star Wars fanatic in my family, of my three kids – I said, "How come you know more about Star Wars than me or even Lucasfilm?" He goes, "Well, Dad, I go to StarWars.com." He knew about the new writer, Michael Arndt, before I knew about that… I'm not holding out on you. I just know that nothing's been decided, whether we're in or out. I was surprised at how George announced it, because he told me about this last summer. Not about Disney, but just that they decided after all these years that they were gonna go do VII, VIII, and IX. We were just shocked. But it's so in the early stages… I thought he announced too early. I don't know what the timing was in terms of the Disney deal. But we don't know what's going on really. And when we do, believe me, we'll let you know! [Laughs.]
Star Wars: Episode VII is planned for a 2015 release.