Michael Arndt Writing 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Screenplay, Pre-Production Begins

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 9, 2012 9:48 PM
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...and one day after the news arrived that "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Toy Story 3" scribe Michael Arndt had penned a 40-50 page treatment for the new "Star Wars" trilogy, his involvement has just been kicked up a notch.

It's now official, Arndt will be writing the screenplay for "Star Wars: Episode VII" and even more, pre-production has begun on the movie which is due in theaters in 2015. And of course, as far as details go, that's about it. We do know that numerous big name directors -- Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams among them -- will be looking at the script, and we have to wonder, with work already starting, is a helmer quietly already working on this in the background? Well, we do know Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Zack Snyder have ruled themselves out, but an Oscar winner writing the screenplay will certainly be an enticing prospect for anyone considering the job or who may be on the fence.

Oddly enough, in the most recent video conversation update between Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas, it was revealed that 'Episode VII' had "blank spots" that needed filling, and they were talking to mulitple writers. So we guess Arndt solved that problem. And Lucas' role is said to be the "gatekeeper" of the series. Watch below.

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13 Comments

  • Gregor | November 12, 2012 10:50 AMReply

    I'm praying for Duncan Jones

  • todd | November 10, 2012 1:00 PMReply

    My take on 20 potential directors for SW: E7

    http://toddmthatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/who-will-direct-star-wars-episode-vii/

  • sdf | November 10, 2012 10:25 AMReply

    sweet!

  • ton | November 10, 2012 9:57 AMReply

    wicked!

  • awcfae | November 10, 2012 9:09 AMReply

    Arndt is a great choice.

  • Jabo | November 10, 2012 6:12 AMReply

    Dream Episode 7 Directors because they are all capable of shooting the sh*t out of a good/great script. Which Michael Arndt will probably deliver.

    Joe Wright
    Cary Fukunaga
    Brad Bird
    Neil Blomkamp
    David Fincher
    Ben Affleck
    Shane Black
    Gore Verbinski
    Guillermo Del Toro
    Alphonso Cauron
    Fernando Merielles
    David Yates
    Guy Ritchie
    Thomas Alfredson
    Nicholas Winding Refn
    Jon Favareu
    Kathryn Bigelow
    John Hillcoat
    Stephen Gaghan

  • Glass | November 10, 2012 6:11 AMReply

    Dude. Andrew Stanton. Dude.

  • Van Cleef | November 10, 2012 1:45 AMReply

    I think Spielberg should kick it off, but we all know that's not happening.

  • rodie | November 10, 2012 12:14 AMReply

    This is Disney...It's probably Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy and Oblivion) or Gore Verbinski (Pirates and Lone Ranger). Both Oblivion and Lone Ranger are wrapped and neither has anything on their slate beyond those projects.

  • rodie | November 10, 2012 12:11 AMReply

    This is Disney...It's probably Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy and Oblivion) or Gore Verbinski (Pirates and Lone Ranger). Both Oblivion and Lone Ranger are wrapped and neither has anything on their slate beyond those projects.

  • rodie | November 10, 2012 12:10 AMReply

    This is Disney...It's probably Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy and Oblivion) or Gore Verbinski (Pirates and Lone Ranger). Both Oblivion and Lone Ranger are wrapped and neither has anything on their slate beyond those projects.

  • rodie | November 10, 2012 12:09 AMReply

    This is Disney...It's probably Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy and Oblivion) or Gore Verbinski (Pirates and Lone Ranger). Both Oblivion and Lone Ranger are wrapped and neither has anything on their slate beyond those projects.

  • ollie | November 10, 2012 7:01 AM

    ive been a fan of star wars for soo long since i was a kid till now ive played the games like force unleashed and with a big company like disney i think they can pull off some of the crazy stuff that u could do in the game. people from and older time say ohh star wars was bad when the filmed episode 1 to 3 but i realised the brains behind the films but i was dissapointed to see the 3 episode with all the new effects and the amazing action to just put episode 4 in sit there and think what the hell happend to star wars ! so instead of making episode 7 they sould first fill in the long gap between episode 3 and 4 then re make 4 5 6 so its more modern and makes more sense ! in a big fan of darth vader but for the bad boy everyone makes him out to be is not the case in the old episodes and the way he died was poorly played. so i hope they fix the problems before making 3 new ones that will not make too much sense plus epissode 6 ! only 2 jedi left how exiting thats going to be personal opinyon luke skywalker new jedi leader finds and trains the jedi order and call the film the balance of the force.

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