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It’s been confirmed that Michael Arndt will be writing the script for the first movie in the new Star Wars series, and now we have some interesting news about who may be working on the next two films. Reports are that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have both been approached by Disney to do the job.

This would be Kinberg’s first outing with the franchise after writing X-Men and Sherlock Holmes movies, but Kasdan has a little Star Wars experience already. He worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Yeah, those credentials are pretty impressive. It’s still a rumor at this point, but it’s a darn good one.

(Deadline via Kotaku)

A copy of the Doctor Who episode written by Neil Gaiman was found in the back of a cab in Cardiff. The script has since been returned to the BBC but not before we got a look at a few character tidbits like Warwick Davies as Porridge and the appearance of Eve De Leon Allen and Being Human‘s Jason Watkins. Oh, and the title of the whole thing has been revealed. It’ll be called “The Last Cyberman” and raises more questions than it answers. Does this mark the end of the Cybermen, or will it be a new beginning?

(Reddit via Bleeding Cool)

You know how in Jurassic Park, “life finds a way.” Well in real life, fans find a way.

The recently rediscovered Star Trek: The Original Series script by Norman Spinrad may get its day in front of the cameras after all. The folks who run the Star Trek fan series Star Trek: Phase 2 were excited by the script and are working with the author to bring his story to the screen.  Spinrad is enthusiastic and dares to hope that William Shatner will make an appearance.

“I’d like to have William Shatner act in it — not as Kirk, but as Bayne!” he wrote on Facebook.

And Shatner being Shatner, I think I just might talk him into doing it since I did write ‘The Doomsday Machine,’ and he could read the script, and it’s just the sort of off the wall notion he might like.”

Here’s hoping Shatner will take a break from his stage show for one last Star Trek episode.

(via Forbes)

Sometimes scripts are literally lost. That’s the case with one of science fiction author Norman Spinrad’s scripts for Star Trek (the original series). The episode was titled “He Walked Among Us,” and it wasn’t purchased or produced. The script then went missing for 45 years. You’d think it would have been lost to the vacuum of space after all that time, but it’s recently turned up.

A fan brought it to Spinrad to be autographed. Granted, it was a faded copy of the typewritten script, but it was better than nothing. The fan kindly scanned it and emailed it to the author, and Spinrad thought it was time to share it with the world—at a cost. You see, if the script would have been produced, it obviously would have made Spinrad money. Originally, it was intended to be dramatic, but producer Gene L. Coon got wind that Milton Berle was involved, and he rewrote the entire thing as a comedy. Since the rewrite wasn’t his vision (and it apparently sucked) Spinrad convinced Roddenberry to ditch it completely.

Now it’s back in the author’s court. You can download the lost script from Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $9.

(StarTrek.com via io9)