The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Lawrence Kasdan (writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark screenplay) and Simon Kinberg (co-writer of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past) have signed off on writing two installments of the Star Wars franchise. They will be writing either Episode VIII or IX and they will be acting as producers for the films as well (joining Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy). At this time, Disney and Lucasfilm have declined to comment. According to the studio, official announcements will be posted on StarWars.com.
Disney has announced a trilogy of films to be produced. Oscar winner Michael Arndt is writing the script for the first film in this trilogy (Episode VII). This is also the first Star Wars movie to be made without the creative powers of George Lucas.