Another day, another juicy Star Wars rumor.
'Star Wars: Episode VII' May Have Writer; Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg in Talks to Direct
Hot on the heels of the reports that Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were open to returning to the galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: Episode VII, Vulture claims that Disney and Lucasfilm want Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt to pen the script for the pending sequel.
Arndt recently wrote the screenplay for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Insiders tell Vulture that he’s already submitted a 40- to 50-page treatment of the seventh Star Wars film, and the story somehow reunites older versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. (Hence, all of the buzz around original Star Wars actors returning to their roles.)
As if this wasn’t a big enough news nugget to chew on, Vulture throws out the names of three directors who will be asked to consider helming Arndt’s treatment: Brad Bird, J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg. Even though the site admits that nabbing Spielberg for the gig is unlikely, they say producers at Lucasfilm don’t want to leave any stone unturned when seeking the right filmmaker to helm the anticipated return of this beloved franchise.
And then there’s this: Arndt actually ends up being the ideal candidate to pen the new Star Wars because he’s a self-proclaimed expert. The Oscar-winning screenwriter regularly lectures on the art of screenwriting, using the original Star Wars screenplay as his chief example of a “satisfying” script conclusion. He’s also already in the Disney wheelhouse, having penned both Toy Story 3 and Pete Docter's upcoming Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind. By all accounts, he’s a brilliant choice.
It feels too good, doesn’t it? As each new decision snaps into place, and rumors of potential casting and directors swirl around Episode VII, everything just feels too right. Like The Force is guiding this sequel back into theaters.
Arndt hasn’t been confirmed, and the director is still up in the air. But this news has the Internet buzzing. Tell us, what do you think about his potential hire?
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.
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