‘Star Wars’: Michael Arndt signed to write script for Episode VII

Nov. 09, 2012 | 7:10 p.m.
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Michael Arndt, left, has been recruited to pen the script for the next “Star Wars” film. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times; Lucasfilm)

Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3,” has been hired to write the script for the next “Star Wars” film, Lucasfilm confirmed today.

The news comes one day after reports surfaced that Arndt had written a lengthy treatment for the next three “Star Wars” movies and was a favorite to land the opportunity to pen the next installment in the landmark space opera.

The upcoming trilogy, the first episode of which is scheduled to reach theaters in 2015, was announced Oct. 30 when the Walt Disney Co. went public with its plans to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion.

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George Lucas will serve as a “creative consultant” on the three films, but has no plans to write or direct.

Speculation has been rampant about who might take the reins of the franchise behind the camera; currently, fans are buzzing about the possibility that “Kick-Ass” filmmaker Matthew Vaughn could be a favorite to direct, given his recent unexpected departure from the upcoming “X-Men” sequel.

But Vaughn’s participation is only rumored at this point.

— Gina McIntyre

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