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STAR WARS EPISODE 7 UPDATE: Writer confirmed, directors who WON’T direct it and Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas talk about the type of people they want for the new movies

November 10th, 2012 by Marc Comments


When we started this site less than a year ago we never dreamed we’d be writing about Star Wars Episode VII, well not in a ‘it’s really going to happen’ way, anyway… but we are. Almost daily. And you know what? IT’S AWESOME! Anyway… game face.

Following the rumours yesterday (here) that Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine writer (which he won an academy award for) Michael Arndt (above) had provided an extensive treatment for the new Star Wars, it has been confirmed that not only has he done the treatment but he will be writing the script in its entirity.

So there we have it. The first bit of confirmed news about Star Wars Episode VII: Its writer and it’s not George Lucas. Interesting to see how we feel about this – comments below please, guys.

Arndt has also written the as-yet unreleased  Oblivion and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and has even lectured on Star Wars and the merits of the movies. So it seems like he could be the right choice, but we may not know for sure until Summer 2015 (OMG! OMG! OMG!). It’s still not confirmed if the rumour that his treatment involves Luke, Leia and Han is true. But we reckon it is… especially now that we know Hamill, Fisher and Ford are game (breathe – ed).

In other SW news, the topic of who will direct has raised its head. In the video below, George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy talk about the sort of people they want involved in Star Wars. They also say they’re taking resumes from real fans. But we think they’re joking. But I’m writing mine now. Just in case.

Zack Znyder and Quentin Tarantino have both said they aren’t going to direct a new SW movie, but with Kathleen Kennedy saying they’re looking at some people she’s worked with, our minds immediately went to our current favourite choice, the other beard, Steven Spielberg. But alas, Access Hollywood caught up with him at the Lincoln premiere and asked himstraight out,  “No, because it’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre,” was his reply.

And finally (for now) Variety have spoken to experts about where they see Lucasfilm fitting into the Disney stables and this is their (heartening) opinion: With everyone still trying to figure out exactly what Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm is going to mean, it has some in the visual effects industry wringing their hands, afraid that the latter company — the owner of Industrial Light & Magic, and one of the most innovative film laboratories over the past two decades — will be dismantled and sold for scrap. Not so fast, Variety scribe David S. Cohen says in this insightful bit of analysis. He predicts that Lucasfilm will be run as a separate company — much the way Disney did with Pixar after its acquisition of that company. That means something of a mixed bag for Lucasfilm, Cohen predicts – the pressure will probably be put on it, for example, to ramp up its film production so it will be releasing films more frequently – but it’s not the doomsday scenario some fear.

So that’s the round-up for now but, as always, when it breaks we’ll give it right to you… May The Force Be With You.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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