Kasdan and Kinberg to Write 'Star Wars' Episodes 8 and 9, Fox Axes 'ID4 3D' and HBO preps 'The Missionary'

Star Wars: Episode VIII and IX1.) With Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) currently writing Star Wars: Episode VII, Disney seems to have already found the screenwriters for its sequels. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have reportedly closed deals to write Episode VIII and Episode IX, either together or separately -- the exact division of work is yet to be determined. They will also produce the films.

Kasdan, as you might recall, is a Star Wars veteran, co-writing both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg has worked on scripts for Sherlock Holmes and X-Men: Days of Future Past. [THR]

2.) I know this is hardly news since a new Paranormal Activity movie hitting theaters in October is more or less expected, but Paranormal Activity 5 will be released on October 25, 2013.

3.) 20th Century Fox has axed their plans to release Independence Day 3D. They offered no reasoning for the cancellation or update on what that means for the long-gestating two-part sequel ID Forever.

4.) I thought I'd pass along this trailer for Mobius, if only because I was floored at how much it borrows from the Inception trailer. The film itself seems to have little to nothing else in common with Inception, as French writer/director Eric Rochant's film is a thriller that blends post-Cold War spies and high-stakes criminal activity. It stars Jean Dujardin, Cecile De France and Tim Roth and will be released in France in February, though I don't believe it has U.S. distribution at this time.

Oh, and if any of you can figure out exactly what Buddy Garrity is trying to say about the "Mobius strip" at the beginning of the trailer, I'd be delighted. He acts like he's making some profound statement, but it just sounds like common sense to me.

5.) This next bit of news is a few days old, but hey, pickings are pretty slim with the holiday approaching. Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Jesse Plemons (Battleship, "Friday Night Lights") will star in the HBO Cold War spy drama pilot "The Missionary."

Walker's character is a young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin. Plemons will play a young Coca-Cola executive who helps smuggle defectors out of the Eastern Bloc. Mark Wahlberg's boy Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband) will direct for the "Boardwalk Empire" producing team of Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. Sounds to me like another winner for HBO. How say you? [Deadline]

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Ugh... I'm already so tired with all the talk of the new Star Wars films. It's going to be a rough decade.

    Also, I just want to let everyone out there know that I will not be directing the next Star Wars films. I simply have no interest in doing it. So yeah, you guys can stop speculating.

    • Arthur Carlson

      I heard that they are looking at Martin Scorcese, Stephen Hawkins, the woman in the Progressive commercials, and Bill, some guy Lucas knew in high school, not actually friends, but they had a few classes together.

      • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

        I'm sure they'll all pass on it because it's the cool thing to do.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HamzaZain/ Hamza Zain

      Just thought I would let you know that I would make those movies totally not suck, but I still will not do them. Just so you know.

  • Newbourne

    The Missionary is definitely a show I want to watch, but I wonder, since when do you offer TV news? A little over a week ago, you said that the only TV news you were going to offer was for The Newsroom (a rather lackluster show in my opinion).

    But hey, I'm all for more TV news. I'm a TV Fanatic myself. but don't restrict yourself to HBO shows. There are plenty of interesting pilots running around like NBC's "Hannibal", "Washington" and "Dracula" as well as ABC's "SAGA" and "Red Widow". Plus, shows like Community and Suits are very "movie-related", paying tribute to various films every episode.

    I think you could totally turn this into a TV&Movie news post.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kevinblumeyer/ Kevin Blumeyer

      I can only speak for myself, but I think it's good to narrow the scope of a column/site down to one medium for the most part, otherwise you run the risk of spreading yourself too thin. It's that "jack of all trades, ace of none" sort of thing. Actually, in the early days of this site, Brad wrote about movies, music, TV and celebrity gossip before ultimately focusing solely on movies (although there is still some TV-related content, including Laremy's Game of Thrones recaps/reviews). I think he's pretty happy with that decision. :)

      As for this column, on most days it's tough enough to narrow it down to just 5 film-related stories. But I'm all for posting the occasional television bit if it's an interesting story, especially if it involves talent that is typically associated with the movie world. In this case, Walker is a star on the rise and the pilot will be directed by the filmmaker behind Contraband and the upcoming Wahlberg and Denzel Washington vehicle 2 Guns.

  • Arturo

    Neither one compares to Ardnt, but then again Kasdan knows how to write Star Wars.