If there’s one thing Hollywood has been talking about the last couple of weeks, it’s that Disney has bought Lucasfilm and is planning Star Wars Episode VII for a 2015 release. The latest announcement in this story reveals that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt has signed on to write the screenplay for Episode VII.
Arndt shot to fame in 2006 when he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2006 for his first script, Little Miss Sunshine. I personally love that film, and the tiny independent never fails to plaster a huge smile on my face.
Arndt made history in 2011 by winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Toy Story 3, becoming the first writer in history to be nominated for both those awards for his first two screenplays.
With work on Rock of Ages and the Hunger Games sequel and Tom Cruise’s Oblivion in the works, Arndt has rocketed from independent comedy to Hollywood superstardom. The most recent Star Wars films had a lot of writing issues, but with Arndt on board the screenplay will hopefully be given the characterisation and emotion that the prequels sorely lacked.
Michael Arndt is one of my favourite writers working in the industry today, and this announcement made me breathe a sigh of relief. After the disappointment of the prequel trilogy people are understandably apprehensive about the next Star Wars. This is likely to be the first of many production announcements over the next few months and years, but Arndt joining the team is certainly a step in the right direction.
Are you allowing yourself to get excited for Star Wars? Or will you just wait for the finished film?