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Star Wars: Episode VII May Have Writer: Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt

It’s been barely a week since Disney announced its $4.05 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm and plans for Star Wars: Episode VII, but the studio already may have a screenwriter in mind.

Citing “informed sources,” Vulture contends Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) has already banged out a 40- to 50-page treatment — presumably, he was among those called to Skywalker Ranch as early as August — and will likely be at least one of the writers of the 2015 film. Arndt, who also penned The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the upcoming Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind for Up, is characterized as a Star Wars expert.

The website contends Arndt’s treatment will soon be in the mailboxes of such top-tier directors as Steven Spielberg, Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams.

The studio is also said to be keen on bringing back original trilogy characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo — sorry, Jimmy Smits, no Bail Organa for you — meaning roles for Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. The latter reportedly is “open” to Episode VII, and Fisher appears to be game. Hamill, who along with Fisher was told by George Lucas about the new trilogy in August, is probably a lock.

UPDATE: Deadline reports that Arndt’s treatment isn’t just for one Star Wars film, but rather the entire trilogy.

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  • A. Holland

    This is great news! Now give us a good director (brad bird? edgar wright?) and an all-star cast and we’re go!

  • starbright

    I’m liking Abrams. Just do for Star Wars what you did for Star Trek.

  • 0bsessions

    I do like the idea of Abrams, mainly because it was glaringly obvious watching Star Trek that he spent the entire time wishing he was making Star Wars.

  • Peter H

    Arndt writing with Brad Bird as a possible director?!?!  Amazing!

  • Troypasquale

    Since they announced that Episode 7 will be out in 2015 I suspected they had a writer and were farther along in the process then it appeared. Whether it’s  actually Michael Arndt or someone else reamins to be seen. I don’t expect any kind of official announcement of writier/driector until after January which from what I understand is when the deal will have finished going through the regulatory process and can be finalized. But if it is Arndt I think he’s a a great choice, I liked “Little Miss Sunshine” quite a bit and “Toy Story 3″ gets my emotions stirred every time I watch it.

  • thebarbalag

    Bird, Abrams, and Spielberg are apparently on the short list, if the rumors are to be believed.

  • thebarbalag

    I realize now that this article actually says that. Oops.

  • 0bsessions

     Actually, confirmation came last night that Arndt is writing Episode VII and has a treatment for the entire trilogy already.

  • Troypasquale

    There hasn’t been any OFFICIAL confirmation from Disney/Lucasfilm, just an update that Arndt’s “reported” or “rumored” treatment was for the entire Sequel trilogy. At this point I’m willing to bet that he has the job it just won’t be officially confirmed for a couple of months.

  • Michael Heide

    Those are still rumors, though. We can still dream. Edgar Wright sounds like a great idea. I was thinking Richard Linklater.