Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt no longer officially involved in Episode VII.
Most Star Wars fans were delighted to learn that the Oscar-winning writer of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3, Michael Arndt had been hired to script the first installment of the new trilogy. However, yesterday Lucasfilm announced that director JJ Abrams and consultant Lawrence Kasdan would be henceforth taking on the writing duties.
Is this a disturbance in The Force or the first step into a larger world?
It is unclear whether Arndt's treatment failed to live up to expectations, or whether Abrams and Kasdan are merely taking on the inevitable script rewrites any big budget project undergoes.
Abrams has more than a little history writing quality material but Kasdan - what has he ever done?
Apart from write Raiders of the Lost Ark? And The Empire Strikes Back? And Return of the Jedi?
It’s certainly a noteworthy piece of news, but we still feel that the most anticipated film in cinema is in the safest of hands.
The official press release reads thus:
As Episode VII continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams’ credits include Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Fringe, and Lost.
“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”