Michael Arndt Officially Announced as Episode VII Screenwriter!

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  1. TheDreamMaster The Night He Came Home...

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    I know it's made it's rounds in the "Director" thread, but this is out first big official announcement so I think it deserves a thread of its own.

    http://starwars.com/news/michael-arndt-to-write-screenplay-for-star-wars-episode-vii.html

     
  2. TheVileOne Registered

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    Also writer on Oblivion and Hunger Games 2 so he has experience in many genres.

    Sounds like a good choice. Hope they have enough time to get this together well.

    Honestly this is an inspiring choice. Glad to hear it wasn't ZAK PENN :D .
     
  3. paladinryan Clumsy as he is stupid

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    A great choice, but I believe Kathleen Kennedy said there were two writers working on this (Lindelof?).

    "Michael Arndt is our last hope for better dialogue in a Star Wars film..."
    "No, there is another..."
     
  4. TheDreamMaster The Night He Came Home...

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    I didn't really give an opinion but my only drawback is he has little sci-fi experience that I can tell, so I wonder how that will play. However, if Kennedy and Lucas were commenting on a "Star Wars fan" director, I'd bet money Arndt has a love for the property already, so I'm hoping we are in good hands.
     
  5. Spider-Who? ERMERGERD!

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    Yeah, he's an uber fan. He's apparently done several lectures about Star Wars as well. Not sure the details on that, though.
     
  6. Solidus Knights of Ren

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    Wonderful news! This just keeps getting better and better. Man to be a fly on the wall and know what those treatments contain!
     
  7. Gabe99 Registered

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    From THR:
    Lucasfilm Confirms Michael Arndt to Write 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
     
  8. Octoberist point blank

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    He also has written scripts for 'Catching Fire' and 'Oblvion' both sci-fi. Oblivion is probably closer to Star Wars in scope.
     
  9. DigificWriter Registered

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    Where'd you get an idea like that? The only thing Kennedy says in the two official 'Future of Star Wars' videos is that they were sitting down with various writers to discuss the potential direction that the stories for the new films might go, but she was obviously being coy in making said statements, which she absolutely should've been.
     
  10. paladinryan Clumsy as he is stupid

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    In the recent interview on the Star Wars website she says "a couple of writers." Not various writers.

    EDIT: One of the websites reporting on the Arndt story speculated along the same lines--I'm not alone on this.
     
  11. Homer J. Fong Not a golem

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    Michael Arndt, eh? It's great that they have someone now, it's better that it's someone this good, and it's better still that apparently he's been at work for a while. I feel better about this than I have. Not good, but better than I have.
     
  12. Octoberist point blank

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    I think it's possible they were talking to different writers separately at one point but Arndt went above and beyond with his treatment and won the gig.
     
  13. mr. peasant Registered

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    I think this thread needs to be retitled. It's SW, not ST. Star Wars and Star Trek; two very different things, they are. :D
     
  14. Smegger56 The Smegginator

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    I just hope that, as this will be a new trilogy, that they have laid out the overall story and beats for it, and not just the one. If there's an overall story that is.

    If the stories aren't connected, then cool, but that would be a shame.
     
  15. TheDreamMaster The Night He Came Home...

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    ST was for Sequel Trilogy because I think he will working on all the new films.
     
  16. DigificWriter Registered

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    I know what she said; however,people were taking the line to literally mean 'two writers' when she clearly meant it to be nebulous with regards to how many writers they were actually working with.

    @mr peasant: TheDreamMaster beat me to it, but, in this case, 'ST' means "Sequel Trilogy", just as 'PT' means "Prequel Trilogy" and 'OT' (which I think ought to be done away with) means "Original Trilogy".
     
  17. 747 Fanboy rivalry? Yawn.

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    I think Episode VII will be made from a best of Pixar team. Written by Arndt, directed by Bird and with music by Giacchino. And I would love that!
     
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    Keep in mind this is not the final writer most likely. teres a 99% chance their will be a revision writer and most likely the director will get a final rewrite as well.
     
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    There is a story for VII-IX, but involved an alternate ending to Jedi, so they'll probably just loosely adapt the outline rather than strictly follow it.
     
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    I like this choice..supposedly he already has a version completed..must have been good
     
  21. Solidus Knights of Ren

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    This is not always the case. If they feel solid about it the director like in any film may make some tweaks, but that does not mean that they will necessarily bring some one else in. Michael Ardt is a damn good screen writer, unless they don't like it (which they clearly do like it) I doubt they will bring others in.
     
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    Movie are usually a collaborative process. Writing a movie is like writing an essay in English class to some degree there are many many drafts and ideas that edited and modified and usually the final product looks nothing like what the original started off as. Thats the real difference between the originals and the prequels. The originals underwent vast changes and had multiple editors and writers while the prequels just had George who wrote maybe 3 or 4 drafts and called it done. They might not bring in someone else for a complete rewrite but there will definitely be others involved in the writing process.
     
  23. DigificWriter Registered

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    You don't announce that a writer is working on the script if he/she is only doing some 'polishing' or crafting a 'first draft' that is going to be taken and given to someone else. Arndt is writing this film; his script will likely be vetted by Lucas and Kennedy, but it will, in the end, be his script; he'll take whatever notes he gets from Lucas and Kennedy and incorporate them into his script before he hands it in to them as his final draft.

    If Arndt were going to have a credited co-writer, that person's name would've been part of the announcement yesterday.
     
  24. Solidus Knights of Ren

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    Well of course they are collaborative process. There is a difference between draft writing, and having a producer/director/others look at it and say "I would change this or what about this?" Then having Michael go back and re-write draft after draft. That is common. But there is a difference between that, and having another writer come in and re-write the script, or having a ghost writer. I would bet they keep Michael on board to keep a single voice, but of course others are going to say change this do this how about this kind of ordeal.
     
  25. Lead Cenobite Exquisitely Empty

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    Has it been confirmed anywhere that Lucas wrote treatments for this?
     

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