After days of rumours, Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt has accepted the challenge, and will write Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney. Arndt has already put together treatments for all three sequels, and he has previously drafted a 40-50 page script for Episode VII before Disney bought Lucasfilm.
Arndt has previously written the screenplay for the gorgeous and quite brilliant comedy, Little Miss Sunshine and he also co-wrote the exceptional Toy Story 3. Both of these films he won an Oscar for, and he has since worked on more sci-fi related projects, writing for both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the upcoming Tm Cruise sci-fi Oblivion. Basically, it sounds like Arndt is absolutely perfect for the job.
As an added bonus, Arndt is said to be a bit of an expert on the original Star Wars stories, and he has extensively studied and worked out his own theories for its huge popularity. According to Vulture, Arndt sees the joyous finale of 1977’s Star Wars as the result of screenwriter Lucas having skilfully resolved the story’s internal, external and philosophical arcs immediately after a “moment of despair”, therefore delivering an “insanely great ending” (via Luke’s destruction of the Death Star) and leaving the audience in a euphoric state.
Arndt’s job as screenwriter was confirmed by the official Star Wars news blog:
MICHAEL ARNDT TO WRITE SCREENPLAY FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
November 09, 2012
As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).
For more news about Star Wars: Episode VII — slated for a 2015 release — keep checking StarWars.com.
In further Star Wars news, pre-production has now begun on Episode VII, and Disney have plans to release the film in 2015. Even more exciting is that Disney plan to release a new Star Wars film once per year, meaning we should see Episode VII in 2016, and Episode IX in 2017. No director has yet been found, but word is that Disney have sent the treatment for Episode VII to big name directors like JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg and Brad Bird. It would be pretty bloody awesome if one of them agree to direct! It has also been said that there is a very good possibility that we WILL see a return of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford expected to play the roles should they come back.
Obviously we will have much much more on this as it continues to develop.
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