Moving quickly after the news of the seemingly earth-shattering acquisition, Disney and LucasFilm have confirmed that Michael Arndt will write Star Wars: Episode VII. LucasFilm posted a brief blog posting on Star Wars.com on Friday confirming the news:
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).
Arndt reportedly prepared a 40 to 50 page treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII which would be presented to possible directors. The Oscar-winning screenwriter has also written next year’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and is working on a future, currently untitled Pixar feature. Of course, it’s going to be difficult to please the notoriously finicky legion of Star Wars fans but at least the quality of writing might not be the issue this time around.