Woody-Wan Kenobi? 'Toy Story 3' Writer Hired For Next 'Star Wars' Trilogy Treatment

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Whether you love or hate the idea of Disney acquiring and expanding the Star Wars franchise, you can't say the House of Mouse isn't treating  Episode VII like the prestige project is deserves to be.  Vulture reports that screenwriter Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for his Little Miss Sunshine script, and was nominated for another with Toy Story 3, is the leading candidate to write the new Star Wars script

The website cites insiders who say that Arndt, who's also the screenwriter for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,  has written a 40- to 50-page treatment, and will probably be one of the screenwriters on board when shooting begins in 2014.  In addition to being a successful screenwriter who's worked successfully with Pixar, Vulture notes that Arndt has lectured extensively  on "why the original Star Wars ending is so creatively satisfying."  Turns out it's not because there's a big explosion at the end.

Although the plot of Episode VII remains the subject of much speculation, Vulture indicates that Disney wants to bring back the three main characters from the original Star Wars: Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. Reportedly, Harrison Ford is "open" to reprising that last role, despite his apparently conflicted feelings about the character that made him a bankable actor.

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  • SD says:

    It was inevitable but some of my excitement has died at the thought of appearances from the original stars. This was the chance to take the expanded universe and forge a new story out of it but their presence, even if just a cameo, will force the film into a given time frame.

    Fingers crossed that some details of the treatment will leak out to have a better idea.

  • I love this dude and I love his work but I don't like THE MEDIA saying he's gonna do Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The movie isn't even OUT yet. That is not generating market stability. If people are on edge for what's upcoming and not what's out already then that's the same kind of uneasiness we dealt with in the mid 80's and same what tried coming back unsuccessfully this past decade. It seems like they rear their heads every time the president is in second term. Late 80's, Early 90's during the '92 presidential campaign, ALL of Clinton's second term, Bush's second term, this year... its a pattern. They see the market is moving towards the middle so its perfect time for instigating vultures to play music man fleecing both aisles of politics as they're facing each other staring one another down. ONLY IN AMERICA! Well then, lets show how we're the greatest. Lets make it Elmer season. With Rupert Murdoch's cronies as Fudd.

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