‘Toy Story 3’ writer hired to pen ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ script

Posted: November 9, 2012 in Movies

Just as we learned a couple of weeks ago that Disney had bough LucasFilms and the rights to the entire Star Wars franchise, and subsequently learned that an Episode VII was in the works for 2015, immediate speculation turned to who would be writing the script and directing the film.

Well, after days of rampant rumors and endless questions, it looks like Disney is going to a well known source for their Episode VII script with Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt.  Arndt has two Oscar nominations (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) and one Oscar win (Little Miss Sunshine) to his credit.  He also wrote the script for the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.  He’s currently tabbed to write a script for an untitled Pixar project due out in 2015, which is the same time Episode VII is expected but it’s not uncommon for movie writers to take on more than one script at a time.

One thing the hiring of Arndt does is establish this new Star Wars trilogy as “Oscar-worthy” and “awards-worthy”, afterall, you don’t hire an Oscar winner to pen your script without those aspirations.  The other thing this hiring does is establish Arndt as the script writer in Hollywood.  Maybe this break for Arndt will do for him what writing and directing the Star Wars films did for George Lucas.

What will be interesting as Disney begins its search for a director is whether or not Arndt will write in existing Star Wars characters – Luke, Han, Leia – or maybe this new trilogy will establish all new characters.  Rumors have it that Disney/Pixar mainstay Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) is one of the directors Disney is looking to hire.

If nothing else, it’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan!

 

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