'Star Wars: Episode VII' Will Be Written by the Guy Who Gave Us 'Toy Story 3' (Update)

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Will Be Written by the Guy Who Gave Us 'Toy Story 3' (Update)

Nov 11, 2012

If you're tired of the nonstop Star Wars: Episode VII news, get used to it. This thing ain't going away anytime soon. Before there's casting and a director, there has to be a script -- and the first word on that front comes from Vulture, who claim Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) has written a 40-50 page treatment for Episode VII that's being strongly considered. While he's probably not the only well-known screenwriter slapping together a treatment -- we imagine Disney and Lucasfilm put the assignment out to a variety of writers hoping to get a bunch of different takes -- Arndt is a solid screenwriter (dude won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine), and we'll have to see if his take nabs him the job.

Meanwhile, Vulture -- one of many sites fighting for something, anything on the Star Wars front now that it's officially become the hottest project in town -- also claim the chosen treatment will cross the desks of a bunch of high-profile directors, like Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg (who we think will most definitely direct one installment in the new trilogy) and J.J. Abrams, among others. As previously reported, they also claim all parties are interested in Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford reprising their original roles, though no deals are in place yet. Naturally, we'll let you know when that changes.

Until then, let the Force (and this constant influx of Star Wars banter) be with you, always.

Update 2: Michael Arndt has now officially been announced as the screenwriter for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Update: Deadline adds that Arndt hasn't just written a treatment for Episode VII; he's written one for all three films, and it appears to be the one Disney is going to work off of as they set off on this journey of a new sequel trilogy. So while they haven't officially announced that he's the one writing all three, it's likely he'll write the script for at least one of the movies -- and if they stick with his storylines, expect him to be involved in as a consultant, if not the writer of the entire trilogy. 


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