I posted this in the Kasdan thread but it brings up a good question that deserves its own thread. --- Here's the link to a great article explaining why hiring Kasdan and Kinberg now is great for the ST and especially us fans AND it backs up what I have said throughout this thread: http://www.slashfilm.com/three-writ...does-that-say-about-the-new-star-wars-movies/ Second is consistency. If each screenwriter is writing his movie at the same time, even the briefest communication will help them keep things in line. Plot teases, character arcs, character introductions, deaths. Knowledge of what happens before and after your story is invaluable when writing a chapter. A lot of times when sequels are written long after the original film, things have already occurred that back a screenwriter into a hole. On the flip side, something could happen in a sequel that would have easily been teased and set up in the original, if only everyone knew. It’s called good storytelling. With three screenplays happening congruently, it’s more likely that this will be one smooth story, perfectly defined for three movies. Having the story written (or nearly completed) before shooting will make for a better, more coehesive story as I've argued and as argued in the link. However, could Disney be planning to shoot all three movies simultaneously? I wouldn't rule out the LOTR philosophy here. Shoot all three films simultaneously for releases in 2015, 2016 & 2017. I'm not saying it's guaranteed, but possible. Disney could have one team shoot Episode 7 then have another team shoot Episodes 8 & 9 silmultaneously while 7 is finishing up. Having 3 scripts gives them great advantage and flexibility. Besides, Disney: 1- Is committed to filming 3 SW movies 2- Would like to realize the return on their investment ASAP 3- Would make the fans so ecstatic by releasing movies in successive summers 4- Would allow Disnsey to start on e New series if desired IE The Old Republic What does the board think?