‘Star Wars VII’ Gets a Screenwriter: Oscar Winner Michael Arndt

Star Wars is getting the Disney treatment, and pre-production on Episode VII is moving along swimmingly with the selection of Oscar Winner Michael Arndt as the screenwriter for the 2015 film.

While rumors persist regarding the cast, crew, and story of Disney’s planned Star Wars: Episode VII, very few details can be considered concrete. In addition to a solid release date of 2015, Disney has also announced that the Oscar Award-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt will take the lead on penning the storyline for not one, but a potential three new films.

Arndt won an Oscar for the Little Miss Sunshine screenplay, and was nominated again for writing Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3. He previously contributed a 40-to-50-page outline for Episode VII, and was rumored as a top contender for the job.

More Star Wars: Episode VII rumors – Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford are reportedly interested in reprising their roles as Leia, Luke, and Han, respectively. While Fisher was caught on video saying she’s interested, it doesn’t sound like the olive branch has even been extended yet (if it will be at all) and we don’t think there’s much truth to Ford’s interest in the series, as he speaks out against his tenure in Star Warsevery time he’s asked about it.

Neil Blomkamp, Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Zack Snyder have all been named as potential directors, but the latter-most three have specifically shot down the rumors by saying they’re not interested.

True: Star Wars: Episode VII is due in 2015, with two more sequels planned to follow within two to three years of the next entry.

If this is true, Michael Arndt is the perfect choice.We’re in good hands, fellow nerds.nym.ag/SFTqJk

— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) November 8, 2012

We’re not sure what Lindelof’s endorsement means to any of you (his stuff does have following, after all) but we can just picture his take on Star Wars: Episode VII. We simply don’t think Disney bought the franchise to have their first outing leaving us shaking our fists at the screen crying “But what does it all meeeaaaan?!” when the famous credits roll.

What do you think? Is Michael Arndt our only hope for Star Wars: Episode VII or as Master Yoda would say, is there another? Sound off!