Kasdan & Kinberg's projects could be spinoffs rather than Episodes 8 and 9.
The Hollywood Reporter says "that while Kasdan and Kinberg have indeed been hired to work on the Star Wars franchise, they will be writing separate projects (hence the reason why they also would receive producer credits), not necessarily Episode VIII and Episode IX."
It gets better. Lucasfilm is apparently following the Marvel Studios blueprint of laying out an extended, shared universe on the big screen. THR explains:
"Their scripts could turn into official 'Episodes' in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters. Disney CEO Robert Iger said the goal is to release a Star Wars movie 'every two to three years,' and some could easily focus on other pieces of the expansive mythos (similar to Marvel’s Avengers universe). Disney and Lucasfilm declined comment."
I honestly can't decide whether this means SW will become even more of a cash cow than it is now or if it'll bring some fresh blood to a stale franchise. Thoughts?