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It’s Official: LucasFilm Confirms that Michael Arndt Will Write Star Wars: Episode VII

In a short update on, LucasFilm has confirmed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshinewill be writing Star Wars: Episode VII, making his hiring the first of the many, many, many Star Wars-related rumors out there to be confirmed.

I’m just going to go ahead and put another couple of rumors out into the universe in the hopes that they become reality: Han Solo shows up and doesn’t die. Lots and lots of Rogue Squadron. Arndt stays faaaaar away from Kevin J. Anderson‘s Expanded Universe Jedi Academy storyline. A complete and utter lack of Jar Jar and anything referencing him.

It was already reported that that Arndt had written a 40-50 page treatment centering around “a new generation of heroes” with “appearances by Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy.”

The Hollywood Reporter continues: “Sources have said not to discount the possibility that a number of characters from previous Star Wars films could reappear — even the dead Jedis [sic; the plural of Jedi is "Jedi," get it together Hollywood Reporter], who have a habit of showing up in spirit form.”

Hmm. Intriguing news. Of course, no plot details—heck, no plot generalities—have been confirmed, only that the script itself is being written by Arndt. Who is now the coolest person in his entire social group. He’s a big Star Wars fan, so maaaaybe now I’m imagining him calling everyone he knew growing up to tell them that yeah, that new Star Wars movie? He’s writing it. But maybe I’m just projecting what I’d do in his situation.

(The Hollywood Reporter, via Spinoff Online)

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  • Matt Shipman

    Call me an old softy, but I’m also hoping Han, Leia, et al., don’t have the horribly depressing lives that were charted out for them in the Star Wars novels.

  • Anonymous

    You and Me Both.

  • Inky

    If old Jedi show up again, I hope Qui-Gon makes an appearance. He was the best character in the prequels, no contest.

  • Anonymous

    This is fantastic news. Toy Story 3 proved that Arndt really understands how to take a film series to an entertaining, but also profound and emotional place. My expectations for Episode 7 just skyrocketed.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Tell me about it. Give ‘em a break, Arndt, please. At least a LITTLE of that Disney happy ending.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the expanded universe on screen. It’s already my head cannon. Not sure I could deal with the original characters not having done certain EU things … I didn’t read those books like they were fanfiction, even though they were. They were all my little self had after realizing I couldn’t actually grow up to be a Jedi.

  • Renee Nelson

    What’s wrong with Kevin J. Anderson’s SW universe? I actually enjoyed those books. I also think that plot would be safe for a film beings as we apparently can’t trust Lucas to make a decent expansion to his own universe.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, so far so good. Now let’s hope that Arndt *stays* the writer and isn’t succeeded by three other writers. You guys know how these Hollywood things go sometimes.