Time for more Star Wars Episode VII rumours! This time it’s for the writer of the movie and not the director, however. Vulture report that Disney’s top man for the writing gig on the sci-fi sequel is none other than Michael Arndt, who wrote Toy Story 3 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Their insiders confirm that Arndt has already written a 40-50 page treatment for the movie and is “likely” to get the job, potentially along with other writers.
Disney are reportedly looking to have Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford back as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo respectively, although no deal has been made yet (but the three actors have all come out and said they would be open to reprising their roles). If Vulture’s sources are right, then the three directors Disney want for the movie right now are Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, E.T.), Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8), although none of them have been offered the job yet.
Michael Arndt is a fantastic choice for the movie. Not only is he a brilliant writer, having been nominated for an Oscar for Toy Story 3 and won an Academy Award for Little Miss Sunshine, but he also a HUGE Star Wars fan, which is a necessity if you’re going to be creatively involved in a movie like this. Do you think Arndt is a good choice to write Star Wars Episode VII, and what do you think about either of those three directors helming it? Share your thoughts below.