Toy Story 3 Writer to Write Screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII
Big news for Star Wars fans. Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Arndt has been confirmed to write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII. Arndt was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the Best Picture nominee Little Miss Sunshine.
It was just over a week ago that Disney announced its $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm, and the studio is wasting no time in putting the key pieces in place.
Many outlets reported earlier in the week that Arndt had already drafted a 50 page screenplay to present to Disney, and yesterday Disney and Lucasfilm confirmed that Arndt will be writing the screenplay for the next installment of the Star Wars franchise. Having an accomplished sreenwriter like Arndt is exciting news for fans who hope that the new trilogy can return the franchise to the glory days of Episodes IV, V, and VI.
Disney and Lucasfilm have issued a press release via StarWars.com:
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.
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