During the Disney announcement video George said he was passing on the treatments for episodes VII, VIII and IX and a bunch of other movies (Star Wars? Indiana Jones? Willows?) Kathleen Kennedy goes on to say that they are in the midst of the fun part of the process talking to a couple of writers about ideas, discussing what those stories might be. George will be my Yoda. Main thing is to protect these characters. Would they announce episode VII for 2015 without the story locked? Would they abandon George's treatments for episodes VII, VIII and IX in favour of their own ideas? Does the mention of protecting characters suggest existing characters will appear in episode VII? Are the writers, she mentions, specifically for episode VII or are they drawing up a plan, ideas and stories for the entire arch? ie like Marvels phase 1, phase 2, phase 3. I'm also intrigued by Zahn's comments. I think the best of both worlds is write the further adventures of Luke, Liea and Han at the current actors age without pissing all over the EU such as teh Thrawn trilogy which could be made with younger actors like X Men First Class.