“Hey, Bob, I saw the movie you just released last night, and it sucked.”
Informed sources tell Vulture that Star Wars: Episode VII has found a leading candidate to write the film’s screenplay: Michael Arndt, the Pixar favorite who was nominated for an Oscar for Toy Story 3, won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, and wrote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is currently shooting. Insiders confirm that Arndt has written a 40- to 50-page treatment for the film and is likely to be at least one of the writers when the Disney/Lucasfilm project begins shooting in 2014.
Great news. Hopefully this is the beginning of an expansive Pixar/Star Wars talent share.
That’s about half of what Disney paid for Pixar nearly seven years ago.
And yes, apparently Star Wars Episode VII is coming in 2015.
Update: Here’s the release. Of note, Kathleen Kennedy, the current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become the president of the group within Disney. You may know her best as Steven Spielberg’s production partner throughout the years. The other key:
Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.
Begun, the post-Lucas Star Wars have.