‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Confirms Screenwriter Michael Arndt

The Oscar-winning ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ writer will tackle the latest installment of this franchise set in a galaxy far, far away.
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Confirms Screenwriter Michael Arndt

LucasFilm confirms Michael Arndt will write the script for Star Wars: Episode VIIYesterday, we reported that Michael Arndt has turned in a 50-page treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, LucasFilm confirms that the Oscar-winning writer will indeed pen the screenplay for this highly-anticipated sequel.

Take a look at the statement released by LucasFilm.

"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."

Michael Arndt also wrote upcoming movies such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Oblivion, both set for release next year. Now that the question of who will write Star Wars: Episode VII is out of the way, the big question is who will direct? Will it be previously-mentioned candidates such as Matthew Vaughn or Colin Trevorrow? Will another filmmaker come out of left field to snatch the coveted gig? Stay tuned. You'll know as soon as we do.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.

Sources:StarWars.com

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  • fred • 3 years ago

    I think Kasdan should have been the immediate go to. Save the newbies for the spin off universes'.

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    • stoned • 3 years ago

      Good choice

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      • narrator • 3 years ago

        Agreed, @comicbookfan. Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin better be on the up and up!

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        • skywise • 3 years ago

          Very interesting choice.

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          • k-man • 3 years ago

            I actually have a good feeling about this guy. I guess we will have a better idea of what he is capable of in this genre once Oblivion comes out.

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            • SherlockHolmes2009 • 3 years ago

              @the-movieghost I get what your saying, I think they should have looked at him and other writers more thourghly but I think he'd definetly be a good choice because Star Wars is really a PG-13 type film and he writes award nominated and award winning screenplays so he maybe good but i think it was rushed

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              • comicbookfan • 3 years ago

                Guy looks like a douche. The one thing for the new trilogy is that they better keep the Skywalker/Solo families intact and respect the canon that has been established.

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                • thedude-abides • 3 years ago

                  I like this choice

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                  • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

                    As long as the studio likes his script for Star Wars Episode 7, then i think it will turn out to be good.

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                    • shuabert • 3 years ago

                      Awesome news. Quality work under his belt, especially the great sense of adventure and pathos in Toy Story 3, that is a perfect fit for Star Wars.

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                      • ROFLitschristian • 3 years ago

                        The man wrote the screenplay for Toy Story 3. Why the hell are people arguing against him!? I give this news a "Hell yeah, f*ck yeah, sh*t yeah" approval!

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                        • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                          Dunno about you guys, but I'm thinking of sending my resume to LucasFilm next year to be a PA or anything on this new trilogy.

                          On a side note, let's keep an open mind. Man has a single Oscar and a well written script for Toy Story 3, plust a few screenplays already approved for highly anticipated movies/sequels for 2013. Until said time of 2015, we have these projects to judge the man's writing and story telling. Judge him by then...

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                          • therealGoku • 3 years ago

                            ANY WRITER OR DIRECTOR hired to work on this film will fail one way or another. Expectations are way too high and Star Wars fans are NEVER satisfied

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                            • instead8909 • 3 years ago

                              still no- little mis sunshine was a waste of a film.

                              Only a sci-fi writer could write this or fantasy.

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                              • corey • 3 years ago

                                a great writer*

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                                • corey • 3 years ago

                                  Huh, can't really judge this. The guy is a great writing, he has the Oscar to prove it....but does he have the skills to write a science-fiction film as huge as Star Wars? That's the question.

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                                  • superman81 • 3 years ago

                                    I'll will wait to pass judgement but it seems like they are really rushing this. They need to take their time and make the best decision or this new trilogy will not be any better than the last.

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                                    • deepsky926 • 3 years ago

                                      But Star Wars doesn't need to be rated R

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                                      • deepsky926 • 3 years ago

                                        Highly doubting a rated R movie from Disney...

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                                        • ejk1 • 3 years ago

                                          Real News on Star Wars. Yay.

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