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Lately we've been getting a lot of speculation about 'Star Wars Episode VII.' Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the next movie in the series was announced, waves of buzz have come and gone, but nothing concrete had resulted from any of it. We know which original cast members want to be in the new movie, and we know which directors don't want to helm it, but that was about it. And now, finally, we have something confirmed, and that confirmation serves as the first real step toward 'Episode VII' coming into existence. A writer has been hired. Michael Arndt ('Toy Story 3') will write the script, based on his own treatment. Arndt won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his 'Little Miss Sunshine' script and nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for 'Toy Story 3.'
Huzzah! Something we know for sure. On the one hand, Arndt is a surprising choice in that he's not quite as established as some of the other screenwriters that they could have hired. That's not to say a long catalog of films under one's belt ensures success, or even insulates them against a flop, but with a project of this size, with this kind of global attention, I am somewhat surprised at their choice. On the other hand, 'Toy Story 3' is more than ample resume for 'Episode VII.' First of all, the Disney/Pixar relationship makes his selection all the more digestible; hiring from, ostensibly, in house. 'Toy Story 3' is a movie that not only puts a nice cap onto a long-standing franchise, but also takes that franchise in wonderful new directions that feel rooted in its own past. It's clear that he understands the importance of these mechanics, and that will serve him well as he is now tasked with both rejuvenating a classic franchise and moving ahead a story that ended for us nearly thirty years ago. The further good news is that once a script is in place, the director search should conclude before long.
What do you guys think? Is Arndt the right choice? Do you see how his 'Toy Story 3' experience might prove beneficial? Do you agree?