‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Story Already Finished By ‘Toy Story 3′ Writer [Updated]

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star wars 7 writer Star Wars: Episode 7 Story Already Finished By Toy Story 3 Writer [Updated]

UPDATE 2: Lucasfilm has confirmed that Michael Arndt is writing the Star Wars: Episode VII script. Scroll down for even more information.

UPDATE: Michael Arndt is now reported to have written a treatment for Star Wars: Episodes VII-IX.

It didn’t take long for the Star Wars rumor mill to start functioning at full capacity again, once the Walt Disney company formerly announced that it is purchasing Lucasfilm from George Lucas and plans to release a third trilogy beginning with Episode VII in 2015. The news broke over 10 days ago now, but people around Hollywood are still reeling from the unexpected news; not to mention, the easily-excitable Internet masses have gone into overdrive, debating the benefits and drawbacks of this development (in ways both serious and not-so-serious).

We heard some rumors about prospective directors for Episode VII earlier on this week, with candidates including Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class). However, today we have a nice juicy rumor about who has written the screen story for the new installment.

Mark Hamill revealed last week that plans for a new Star Wars trilogy have been developing for over a year now, so it would make sense for a story treatment for Episode VII to have been written by now (seeing how we’ve heard the plan is to cover a new original story). Vulture has been told by its “informed sources” that such a 40-50 page treatment has indeed been finished, by none other than Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.

Arndt won his Academy Award for scripting Little Miss Sunshine; some four years later, he picked up an additional Oscar nod for his Toy Story 3 screenplay. He has since contributed to the scripts for the upcoming Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Oblivion and Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, as well as Pixar director Peter Docter’s followup to Up (with the playful working title The Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind). Hence, it would make perfect sense for Disney and LucasFilm to recruit Arndt to write up a story treatment for Episode VII, given his established relationship with the Mouse House (in combination with his stellar output to date).

Michael Arndt also co-wrote the script for ‘Catching Fire’

Arndt’s history lends further credibility to this Episode VII rumor, as he’s overseen numerous writers’ retreats in the past; specifically, ones where he traditionally breaks down and examines the effectiveness of Lucas’ screenplay for the original Star Wars installment, Episode IV – A New Hope:

At these talks, Arndt always tells attendees that Star Wars’ enduring appeal has to do with resolving its protagonists goals’ nearly simultaneously, at the climax of the movie. In the comments section of a discussion about a Star Wars talk Arndt gave at the Austin Film Festival in 2010, one attendee of the seminar notes, “Arndt stated that if a writer could resolve the story’s arcs (internal, external, philosophical) immediately after the Moment of Despair at the climax, he or she would deliver the Insanely Great Ending and put the audience in a euphoric state. The faster it could happen, the better. By [Arndt’s] reckoning, George Lucas hit those three marks at the climax of Star Wars within a space of 22 seconds.”

The Episode VII story treatment from Arndt reportedly sets the stage for both Luke and Leia Skywalker to return in some capacity – along with Han Solo and (by extension) possibly other important characters from Episodes IV-VI. Nothing is set yet, of course, but we know that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher met with Lucas to discuss the third Star Wars trilogy last summer; moreover, Harrison Ford recently announced that he is indeed open to the idea of reprising his role as Han Solo.

It’s also worth mentioning that Arndt’s treatment reportedly calls for “much older” versions of these characters, so the stage would be set for all three stars to return to the franchise (assuming this element of Vulture‘s scoop is accurate). Suffice it to say, there should be more than enough fan support for the trio coming back – even if the Skywalker siblings and Han Solo end up serving little purpose beyond bridging the gap between the second and third Star Wars trilogy (a la Leonard Nimoy as the older Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot).

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On that note, Abrams is also name-dropped as one of the individuals who will be receiving Arndt’s treatment for Episode VII. Other big-name contenders are said to include Lucas’ BFF Steven Spielberg (who was offered the chance to direct Return of the Jedi back in the day) and Brad Bird. The latter of those two filmmakers is a very popular choice among fans for tackling the Star Wars franchise, based on his work on such do-daring action-packed titles as The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. However, these individuals are considered long-shots right now.

It also needs to be emphasized that this is all technically RUMOR (until we report otherwise, at least). Nonetheless, if Arndt has indeed written a story treatment for Episode VII, then there’s a good chance he’ll be involved in the actual screenwriting process (which would be welcome news indeed). Furthermore, it’s not surprising to hear that the cream of the crop are being looked at to direct – but is quite encouraging, all the same.

UPDATE: Deadline is now confirming that not only has Arndt written a treatment for Episode VII, but the entire third Star Wars trilogy. Furthermore, the site has been informed that he will indeed begin working on the script for Episode VII next year.

UPDATE 2: The official Star Wars site has confirmed that Michael Arndt is scripting Star Wars: Episode VII.

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).

More on Star Wars: Episode VII as the story develops.

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Source: Vulture

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  1. As long as this trilogy doesn’t become a love letter to the original trilogy I will be fine

  2. The only thing i don’t like about him, is the film little miss sunshine, which i thought was appalling, but he redeemed himself with toy story 3

  3. Not to be a nitpicker, but Leia’s last name isn’t Skywalker. It’s Organa.

    • But she is a skywalker!!!

    • Organa is her adopted name!!

      • WGAF?

        • That would totally contradict the books, and really upset a lot of fans. Granted, they probably are not interested in simply retelling one of the stories from the expanded universe, but Star Wars has a pretty good track record so far of at least taking the expanded universe into account and not doing things in the movies that completely contradicts things already established in the books.

          • Lucas messed up the books from the start anyway when he decided to make Anakin and Vadar the same chacter. Not to mention, and also when he made Leia the sister in ep 6 after he kissed her in ep 5. 80 percent of Star Wars fans are not book fans they are movie fans. So who really cares if they make some changes. Plus there were gaps and holes that Lucas left from episodes 1,2,and 3 that didnt make sense connecting with episodes 4,5,and 6 and thats why alot of MOVIE fans complained. Granted BOOK fans are very creative in the mind but the ones who dont read the novels are not. MOVIE fans are just simple minded( I dont mean stupid ), they just follow the movie itself. More than half the movie fan base probably dont even know who Darth Revan is or Empress Xaya or Old Republic or New republic and most dont even know what the Thrawn Trilogy was about. There is a big difference between the BOOK and MOVIE fan base. There are just a small portion that does both beleve me…………..

      • Something to keep in mind. Luke is not a Jedi in the classical sense. He had virtually none of the indoctrination or teachings of the Jedi. He is reforming the Jedi order but it is never the same as the original. He doesn’t have kids, but his sister Does.
        As far as naming a child Anikan they do to try to honor the Jedi Anikan was. Don’t forget it is Vader who kills the emperor, not Luke. Further more only a very few selected people even know that Anikan was Vader.
        I’d hope they pay homage to the books. If they plan to skip all of them then Two of the three skywalker kids are dead and we understand that there is no light or dark side of the force.

    • Not to be a nitpicker, but Yoda said she is a Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.
      ‘Luke there is another Skywalker’

      SO THERE!

  4. Finally a new writer for Star Wars , can any of you imagine how rough this article would be to read if it was titled “George Lucas officially writing Star Wars episodes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 man that would make me want to hurt somebody.

  5. 100 George Lucas insults just popped into my head lol

  6. the next starwars movie should be about the rise of a new Skywalker!Starwars 1-3 Anikan SkwalkerStarwars 4-6 Luke Skywalker”Starwars 7-9 Cade Skywalker”

    • I agree with you 200 % ! This would set the timeline way ahead with the One Sith as bad guys led by Darth Krayt and Cade trying to go back to his Jedi heritage.

    • No it should be Star Wars Episode VII: The Dark Empire. Hope its based on Dark Empire, because Luke Skywalker is wearing his father’s armor (Darth vader armor) and is battling palphtine (the emperor), i think he resurrects or a new one comes. Dark Empire is a perfect storyline to take place after episode 6.

  7. Get Christopher Noland to direct and Michael Bay to produce. You’d have a great in depth story with kick ass fight scenes.

  8. i think the force is the basis of the new story. skywalkers, solo, jedi, and sith will be the bone on the back. the new story will be about realistic and tangible characters. no more dolls, muppets and cartoonic characters. the new ones will be leveled-up without flower-like beings. they will be with sophistication. they will be made seriously. the film will include earth as a domain in the force. it will create a new character that will personify a darth vader-like ego. sophistication is in the air because millions today are easily reached by sophisticated businessmen and their wives. a dark task for arntd.

    • arndt

    • prometheus was interesting. dark knight was so realistic and so is the devil inside. again, a dark task for arndt.

    • disney should be open to all possible visions. consider the long weekend that will take place in the universe. the story should be interestingly be simple and should be of great importance to the society. 2 years will be enough for its simplicity and its interesting touch. the use of light sabers can be made set aside and the use of laser guns can be used at a very minimum. realistic samurais can be manipulated as light sabers and the use of gigantic planet-like stations shall also be in a minimum level. episode seven should be of an angle that classifies realistic futures.

    • that storyline sounds really stupid so hopefully they won’t do aything like that.

  9. I think the main characters should be twins that are children of han and leia. One goes to the darkside and the other has to go against him. I think luke, han, and leia should be in the forefront in the first movie going against a new sith lord who kills one or more of those three at the end of the first movie. They have already done master against apprentice and father against son, so I think it is time for brother against brother.

  10. Cool!

  11. Have Tom Hardy act as an “Old republic/Sith” worshipper who wants to bring back the universe to it’s old ways. Sort of how Bane was when he wanted to fulfill “Raz Al Gulz’s destiny”. Except in Star Wars have him kidnap Luke, Leah, and Han. With this, the new Young Jedis, Ben Skywalker & Anakin Solo will have to travel the universe with the help of Chubaka, C3P0, R2D2, and Lando Calrissian to seek the help of the “Spirits of the Lost Jedi” (Yoda, Mace Windu, Qui Gon, Anakin, and Obi Wan)in order to learn the secrets of force and save Luke, Leah, Han, and the UNIVERSE!!

  12. I really honestly think they will have to do something with the Yuuzhan Vong. I really think they would make a great enemy and you can have plenty of Jedi fighting and that would make for a great movie. One of my buddies also recommended they use Hugh Jackman as Kyle Katarn. If the do the war with the Vong I think the movies will be a smash hit, just because they are that enemy that doesn’t seem like they can be defeated and there were so many cool Jedi at this time as well.

  13. I think they should instead use Legacy of the Force as the basis. Luke’s son Ben coming of age, Mara Jade as a character, Jacen Solo and Darth Caedus. There is even one point in the series where Jacen Solo learns how to become an observer of past events and learns about his grandfather Anakin and how he became Darth Vader. They wouldn’t have to follow the books to the letter (what movie ever does?) but to completely disregard them would not fit with the track record the Star Wars universe has regarding consistency between the books and the movies. A lot of material that was introduced in the books has already been introduced into the movies. I don’t see why that should change.

  14. I have to say, I’ll go see it no matter what anyway.

    However, I’d really like to see a departure from the 27 year old Skywalker story line for a while. I love those characters like every one else, but I am tired of that story right now.

    I’d really like to see a foray into the deep history of Star Wars. My dream is a trilogy out of the Old Republic, with an entirely new cast of characters. I’d love to see Darth Bane on screen and delve into why there are only two Sith. The Mandalorian Wars. The Sith Wars. The Hyperspace War. And on and on and on. There’s so much room and so many fans waiting to see something new and fresh. The Close Wars series is great, we get a kick out of it, but one of the best parts is the absence of Anakin in many episodes. The focus on Darth Maul this season has been great.

    My hopes are very low for the fulfillment of my desire here, but I still hold out a little optimism. It will be great no matter what. In the future there are still the Skywalker/Solo children, the Yuuzon Vong, the New Alliance, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and a rich tapestry of other stories and content. I just think that the true genius here would completely divert from that story for a while (you can always come back to it, we will still be here) and get into some of the stories that provide the foundation for the last 27 years of the SW franchise.

    just a thought.

    • I don’t think they are going to go back in time. They have already confirmed that it will be post-ROTJ, now we just have to wait and see what they will do. I personally think if they are not going to use material from the books then they should go into the post-Fate of the Jedi era while not contradicting anything that has already happened in the series.

      • I agree, they likely will continue the Skywalker story line.

        Just stating a fantasy, nothing more. Either way, they have said they will not be using Expanded Universe material, and with Lucas gone, the “canon” as accepted during the Lucas years may be more malleable now. I don’t think they’ll be as concerned about treading over existing canon in the new movies.

        • I read online that the new episode 7 will take place on Yavin 4. Luke will be a Jedi master of course,and he will be trying to restore the Jedi council,and Jedi order by training new potential knights. Han,and Leia’s kids will be Luke’s padawans and together they will battle threats of villains. But having one of the Padawans become a sixth would be a cool concept. I just hope Abrahams doesn’t mess up the story.

          • Yavin 4 ?! This movie should be about the skywalker legacy not the new Han Solo`s children`s legacy only luke i have heard so far will be the only jedi in the movie. so arndt should have just left the whole entire series alone instead of starting it up again. so now i am getting mad at arndt for making the 7th thru 9th. ):(

  15. Apparently no one else has comtemplated this contradiction of Jedi Dogma, but if Jedi are not supposed to “fall in love” and have children- how do they get more Jedi? Strength in the force is passed from parent to child is it not?

    • Yes the child of a Force sensitive will likely also be force sensitive. But the overwhelming majority of Jedi students from the Old Republic were children of ordinary children who happened to obtain the force sensitive “gene” due to a mutation (for lack of a better word) or some such phenomenon.

      Roughly equivalent with “muggle born,” if you are familiar with Harry Potter. ;)

      • Sorry, that should read “children of ordinary parents.”

        Stupid proofreading.

      • I am familiar with Harry Potter and i do agree :) but i dont like the new guy filming it, Ardnt :( , not the best choice how about the guy who filmed Harry Potter, that would be a nice choice :)

  16. I wish they would break off from this time-frame altogether there are so many great stories (and room for new stories) before the rise of Palpatine (including Boba Fett and Han-Solo’s young life)… and for the record Boba didn’t die in the Sarlacc Pit he was rescued by another bounty hunter after escaping the mouth of the Sarlacc himself). Boba Fett was married to Sintas Vel and had a daughter Ailyn. Han was basically raised by a Wookie named Dewlanna… and he loved a woman named Bria Tharen who he would have married long before Leia had she not left him for the Rebel Alliance he had rescued her from a drug-induced salvery on Ylesia… it goes on and on there are so many possibilities with these two characters. I’m so excited.

    • screw arndt for messing with the entire series dumb person he is. ):(

  17. Woah! Just had an idea ! The emperor could come back as a ghost to mentor a new sith apprentice that skywalker and others could confront. Meanwhile ghost yoda, obiwan, or anikin ghosts could have an epic unfinished business ghost dual.

  18. It sounds like its going to take place 30-40 years in the future from ROTJ, so the original cast (Mark Hamill) will be in the movie.. Thank GOD!

  19. YES, thirty years in the future, way to go ARNT!

  20. Why not have Luke complete his path to the dark side as Yoda mentions in ESB? “Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will…” I believe he used his anger to beat Vader. Then one of Leah’s children can save him. Lame? Yeah, but just figured I’d add my wish to the list.

  21. Why did he sell it to disney? Is he insane or does he just not give a crap?

  22. Damien Lewis should be cast as Luke skywalker!!!!

    • How about MArk Hamill being cast as Luke!

  23. Harrison Ford 1st, Mark and Carrie next. YES!!

  24. I believe this episode is were Luke turns to the dark side and Leia fights him. I mean unless they bring new characters from somewhere. And if they do, these character must be from separatists or fringe worlds that didn’t got attacked during the clone wars.

  25. Hope its based on Dark Empire, because Luke Skywalker is wearing his father’s armor (Darth vader armor) and is battling palphtine (the emperor), i think he resurrects or a new one comes. Dark Empire is a perfect storyline to take place after episode 6.

  26. I think its great that the original three will be -back that had to happen or a bunch of fans would have revolted. I hope they don’t follow the expanded universe books completely those are depressing Anakin dies Jacen turns to dark side- they could use the characters from these books but change some of the outcomes. They could use some of the same vilians but have some happier endings.

    Star Wars fan forever