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‘Toy Story 3’ Writer Michael Arndt Rumored to Script ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Written by on November 8, 2012 

Second Update: StarWars.com have confirmed the hire for Episode VII. The original story, first update and all, can be read below.

Update: Arndt has reportedly written a treatment for not only Episode VII, but all three films in the upcoming trilogy, according to Deadline. And although Spielberg is reportedly getting a treatment, when asked by Access Hollywood if he would direct he said, “No! No! It’s not my genre, it’s my best friend George’s genre.” Check out the original story below.

For the first time in what’s already felt like two years, there might be a feasible rumor concerning Star Wars: Episode VII. It’s not about the helmer and, what’s more, it isn’t about the cast, but this concerns a facet that’s just as important: the screenwriter. This is one of the few (thus-far-mentioned) names I’d really like to see on board, too, since we already know he can make strong additions to one beloved franchise.

I speak of Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Catching Fire, Little Miss Sunshine), the scribe who Vulture now peg as — and THR confirm as — in so many words, a “leading candidate” for Disney and Lucasfilm’s high-faulting project. “Candidate,” however, might actually be disingenuous, as the Oscar winner (and Star Wars philosopher himself) has already cranked out a treatment / outline that ranges somewhere from 40 to 50 pages — an assignment he’d been out on “long before” the two companies made their deal official. So, no, not exactly a prospect, but more like a horse they’ve already taken out to the track.

To everyone’s minimal surprise, Arndt is working under a George Lucas-scoped model of bringing back the three human (are they human?) leads in their older and wiser days. The space buck stops there, as always, though Disney and Lucasfilm are, also, said to be handing his piece over to Steven Spielberg, Brad Bird, and J.J. Abrams. (The Ghotocol helmer is the only one who feels like a really feasible choice, even if, no, 1952 is still not Star Wars: Episode VII.) Given their schedules, dedications, and whatever crushing pressure might come from signing on, I still don’t expect any three to join the ranks of Kershner and Marquand.

Here’s one sure thing: Quentin Tarantino and Zack Snyder will not be directing an old Luke Skywalker.

Does Michael Arndt sound like either a reasonable or wise choice to script Star Wars: Episode VII?

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