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UPDATE: Star Wars: Episode VII has found its writer in Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt

Nov. 10, 2012by: Alex Maidy

UPDATE: According to StarWars.com, Michael Arndt is now officially the screenwriter for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Here is the full statement:

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).”

 

We may be nearing our first real announcement about the STAR WARS sequels. Vulture reports that screenwriter Michael Arndt is a leading candidate for the writing duties for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Arndt is an Oscar winner for his LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE script. He also wrote TOY STORY 3 and the upcoming THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and UNTITLED INSIDE THE MIND Pixar movie.

LucasFilm and Disney are not commenting on the news, but sources told Vulture that Arndt wrote a 40-50 page treatment for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Disney is hoping to bring back the characters of Luke, Leia, and Han which is in keeping with what we have been hearing lately from Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.

Arndt is a big STAR WARS fan and uses the movies when teaching screenwriting seminars. Take a look at this from the Vulture story:

At these talks, Arndt always tells attendees that Star Wars’ enduring appeal has to do with resolving its protagonists goals’ nearly simultaneously, at the climax of the movie. In the comments section of a discussion about a Star Wars talk Arndt gave at the Austin Film Festival in 2010, one attendee of the seminar notes, "Arndt stated that if a writer could resolve the story's arcs (internal, external, philosophical) immediately after the Moment of Despair at the climax, he or she would deliver the Insanely Great Ending and put the audience in a euphoric state. The faster it could happen, the better. By [Arndt’s] reckoning, George Lucas hit those three marks at the climax of Star Wars within a space of 22 seconds."

Indeed, in the third act of Star Wars, as Arndt explained to his young screenwriting Padawans at the 2009 Hawaii Writers Conference, its central characters' main goals all are met on pages 89 through 91 of the original Lucas script: At the crescendo of Star Wars, a spectral Obi Wan urges, “Use the Force, Luke,” and he does, thus reaching his inner goal (fighting self-doubt to become a hero). Han Solo reappears (meeting the philosophical goal of overcoming selfishness with altruism) to shoot down Darth Vader, which allows Luke to use the Force to mentally guide his shot and blow up the Death Star (outer goal and inner goals simultaneously met).

Tell me that doesn't sound like a guy ideal for bringing the STAR WARS saga to where we all want it to be?

Arndt is by no means a lock, but this seems to be some of the most solid news we have heard so far. What do you schmoes think?

Source: VultureStarWars.com

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11:16AM on 11/11/2012
One step closer to Brad Bird? God I hope so.
One step closer to Brad Bird? God I hope so.
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2:20AM on 11/11/2012

Good choice.

He did the impossible by making Toy Story 3 a legitimate and emotional sequel, so I'm definitely excited to see what he does with Star Wars. Also, the thing about the Red Letter Media guy is that a LOT of the complaints he had with the prequels (bad dialogue, paper-thin characters, etc.) could easily be applied to the originals. Frankly, a lot of it just came down to the fact that the characters themselves were more interesting in the originals, and we grew up on them. The dialogue, etc. was
He did the impossible by making Toy Story 3 a legitimate and emotional sequel, so I'm definitely excited to see what he does with Star Wars. Also, the thing about the Red Letter Media guy is that a LOT of the complaints he had with the prequels (bad dialogue, paper-thin characters, etc.) could easily be applied to the originals. Frankly, a lot of it just came down to the fact that the characters themselves were more interesting in the originals, and we grew up on them. The dialogue, etc. was always deliberately stiff - it was a freakin' space opera for chrissake! He did have valid points, but I felt like he could have compressed it all down to one review. By the Revenge of the Sith review, he'd run out of steam, and it got old.
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12:11AM on 11/11/2012

How about...

How about getting the guy from Red Letter Media who reviewed the prequels to review the sequels before they're released? Wouldn't hurt, IMO.
How about getting the guy from Red Letter Media who reviewed the prequels to review the sequels before they're released? Wouldn't hurt, IMO.
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9:57PM on 11/10/2012

FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

I'm all for it, loved Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine so it's a win win! I'd also like to give props to the joblo movie fan community. Reading talk backs on other movie sites for this news has been horrific. There are a lot of closed minded, angry, negative douchebags out there.
I'm all for it, loved Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine so it's a win win! I'd also like to give props to the joblo movie fan community. Reading talk backs on other movie sites for this news has been horrific. There are a lot of closed minded, angry, negative douchebags out there.
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3:28PM on 11/10/2012

Halfway there . . .

now just sign Brad Bird and my day will be made. :)
now just sign Brad Bird and my day will be made. :)
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2:17PM on 11/10/2012
Am I the only non Toy Story 3 fan?!! That aside, I am more than willing to see how this develops.
Am I the only non Toy Story 3 fan?!! That aside, I am more than willing to see how this develops.
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5:15PM on 11/11/2012
I didn't care for Toy Story 3. I loved the 1st two tho.
I didn't care for Toy Story 3. I loved the 1st two tho.
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2:12PM on 11/10/2012

GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

Some reason it reposted....WEIRD: Maybe it was the force!! Its so strong in me; actually I jus have a lot of midchloriens, meh go figure
Some reason it reposted....WEIRD: Maybe it was the force!! Its so strong in me; actually I jus have a lot of midchloriens, meh go figure
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2:09PM on 11/10/2012

GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

SOUNDS PERFECT!!! I'm just a little worried about Princess Leia.......she's rather port now, not a big deal to me but in the movies it's prolly not gonna make sense to have her and Han still together, it would look rather weird. DIVORCE far far away.......I think not; more likely we'll only see a hologram of Leia speaking with Han or something to that effect....What does anyone else think about that????
SOUNDS PERFECT!!! I'm just a little worried about Princess Leia.......she's rather port now, not a big deal to me but in the movies it's prolly not gonna make sense to have her and Han still together, it would look rather weird. DIVORCE far far away.......I think not; more likely we'll only see a hologram of Leia speaking with Han or something to that effect....What does anyone else think about that????
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2:00PM on 11/10/2012
Solid choice. It's going to feel like a loooonnnggg wait . . .
Solid choice. It's going to feel like a loooonnnggg wait . . .
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1:58PM on 11/09/2012
This is what I wanted. Pixar writers to write, and now a good flawless director to direct. Pixar writers are just too good at making people feel lots of different emotions. Star Wars will be a thrill internally, and externally.
This is what I wanted. Pixar writers to write, and now a good flawless director to direct. Pixar writers are just too good at making people feel lots of different emotions. Star Wars will be a thrill internally, and externally.
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8:23AM on 11/09/2012

UH OH... Toy Story 3?

Prepare. To. Cry.

A Lot.
Prepare. To. Cry.

A Lot.
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10:55PM on 11/08/2012
Michael Arndt as scriptwriter + Brad Bird as director = one freakin' awesome Star Wars movie!!!!
Michael Arndt as scriptwriter + Brad Bird as director = one freakin' awesome Star Wars movie!!!!
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7:55PM on 11/08/2012
The prequels suffered in part due to some really bad dialogue; Lucas had help with the screenplays of the original trilogy and I think hiring a writer like Michael Arndt would definitely be a step in the right direction. I agree with ericArk about the writer being more of a concern than the director at this point in Star Wars VII's development. Hope everything turns out great, I wouldn't mind getting excited for Star Wars all over again!
The prequels suffered in part due to some really bad dialogue; Lucas had help with the screenplays of the original trilogy and I think hiring a writer like Michael Arndt would definitely be a step in the right direction. I agree with ericArk about the writer being more of a concern than the director at this point in Star Wars VII's development. Hope everything turns out great, I wouldn't mind getting excited for Star Wars all over again!
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2:11PM on 11/10/2012
No FRIGGIN KIDDING!!!! EXCITED ABOUT STAR WARS ALL OVER AGAIN!! JUST LIKE WE DID RIGHT BEFORE PHANTOM MENACE CAME OUT!! Well I didn't even have internet at that time, well dial up, so information was difficult to come by, magazines and tv, surprised we came out of those dark ages....
No FRIGGIN KIDDING!!!! EXCITED ABOUT STAR WARS ALL OVER AGAIN!! JUST LIKE WE DID RIGHT BEFORE PHANTOM MENACE CAME OUT!! Well I didn't even have internet at that time, well dial up, so information was difficult to come by, magazines and tv, surprised we came out of those dark ages....
6:21PM on 11/08/2012

Boo-yah.

Bring it on.
Bring it on.
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5:50PM on 11/08/2012
Good solid choice. I'm a little more concerned about the writing at this point than the director. It'd be nice to have a all around great Star Wars screenplay with well drawn characters, an engaging plot and dialogue that didn't make me shake my head in disgust.
Good solid choice. I'm a little more concerned about the writing at this point than the director. It'd be nice to have a all around great Star Wars screenplay with well drawn characters, an engaging plot and dialogue that didn't make me shake my head in disgust.
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