After all the speculation about who will write and direct the coveted Star Wars: Episode VII, it looks like Disney and Lucasfilm are close to tapping a screenwriter to pen the new film. Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine scribe Michael Arndt had completed a 40-page treatment outlining the plot points and character beats of Star Wars: Episode VII and its subsequent sequels.
According to Vulture.com, sources close to the project are stating that Arndt’s 40-page treatment will be looked over by directors Steven Spielberg, Brad Bird, and J.J. Abrams but that those directors are not officially involved with the project at this point. That doesn’t mean we won’t end up with one of them attached to direct, but for now nothing has been announced or confirmed.
There are no plot details regarding Arndt’s 40-page treatment available at this point, but it was also reported that the three leads of the original series — Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia — are part of the film’s narrative. Coincidentally, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are all interested in returning to the Star Wars universe.
Michael Arndt found success and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with the movie Little Miss Sunshine in 2006. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the Pixar film Toy Story 3 in 2010. Recently, Arndt co-wrote the script for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, based on Suzanne Collins bestselling novel. He also wrote the script for Joseph Kosinski’s upcoming science fiction thriller, Oblivion.