Star Wars: Episode VII Has a Screenwriter

Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt has been officially hired to write the next installment of the beloved sci-fi franchise.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

The Boy Scouts of America were right: always be prepared. While the rest of Hollywood was still reacting with shock to the news that Disney was buying LucasFilm, and planning an all-new Star Wars: Episode VII for 2015 (the same year, by the way, when we're getting The Avengers 2 and Justice League of America), screenwriter Michael Arndt was already polishing a 40+ page treatement for the film. He delivered it a week later, and now less than two weeks after Disney's Star Wars announcement he has been confirmed as the official writer for the first film in the new trilogy.

The statement, issued at, declares that Michael Arndt – who won an Academy Award for his screenplay to Little Miss Sunshine, and was nominated again for writing Toy Story 3 with Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton and John Lasseter – will "write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film." No mention is made of future films in the perhaps inevitable trilogy, but if Disney plans to work off of Arndt's treatment, we can only imagine that it sets up future films in the franchise.

Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly if you factor in just how daunting the task of taking the reins of the Star Wars franchise must be, many major directors are telling the press that they have no interest in doing Episode VII. Matthew Vaughn has been heavily rumored, Disney has been mum on who they are actively considering and taking meetings with. But if they have a story they're excited about, and are serious about meeting that 2015 release date, we can expect an announcement relatively soon.

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