Michael Arndt


Another week, another batch of Star Wars Episode VII rumors have zoomed around the internet, but what’s legit, and what’s, to borrow a phrase, poppycock? In a new article, Latino Review tries to shed light on the matter, what rumors carry water, and which ones are less than probable. Any discussion about the film, they say, is being kept under tight lock and key by Disney, but apparently enough details have gotten out to give us an indication of what’s real and what’s not about the development of Episode VII. (more…)

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We know that Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars brand opened the doors to new Star Wars movies, but how about yearly Star Wars movies?

At CinemaCon in Las Vegas today, Disney announced that once Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters in the summer of 2015, which they confirmed again is their intent, they plan on releasing a new Star Wars film every summer. Likely, this plan would involve alternating standalone films between each new edition of the sequel trilogy, at least for the first five to seven years.

Currently, Star Wars Episode VII is being written by Michael Arndt for J.J. Abrams to direct. Screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are consulting on other, various Star Wars movies in development.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant


Since the announcement that there’s going to be a Star Wars Episode VII, the speculation as to whether or not original trilogy stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher might return in some capacity. At various points in the last six months we’ve had some kind of formal or informal confirmation, from studio sources or the stars themselves, that they’re either in negotiations or have already signed up.

The real status of things is a big, fat question mark though, so let’s go to someone who should know better: Star Wars creator George Lucas. In an interview with Bloomberg Business Week about the Disney/Lucasfilm merger, the big, bearded man himself weighed in on the subject of bringing back the Big Three.

“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation,” reveals Lucas. “So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.”

Interesting, so Disney wanted to make sure that they had their ducks more or less in a row before holding the press conference. Understandable, it would be crazy not to have them in a Star Wars film that takes place after Return of the Jedi, and they knew that fanboys would ask… Although Lucas adds, “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

In other news, Lucas was asked about his role in the production of the new films. J.J. Abrams is directing and Michael Arndt is writing the script, but throughout the process it seems that Lucas will be helping the cross their t’s and dot their i’s. “I mostly say, ‘You can’t do this. You can do that,’ ” he explains. “You know, ‘The cars don’t have wheels. They fly with antigravity.’ There’s a million little pieces. Or I can say, ‘He doesn’t have the power to do that, or he has to do this.’ I know all that stuff.”

I think a lot of us are of the opinion that the less George Lucas involvement in the film, the better.

More news as it develops.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Well it’s been a couple of hours since our last story about the forthcoming Disney Star Wars trilogy, so here’s something. Earlier on we reported on the rumor that Toy Story 3 scribe, Michael Arndt, was being sought to write Episode VII. We can now take that out of the rumor pile and place it in the not rumor pile, along with the movie will be made and that it may be about a war in the stars. StarWars.com has posted this official statement:

“As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).”

Personally, I am excited. Not that Arndt will be writing the movie though I am sure he’ll do a bang up job. No, I am happier by the fact that we have something confirmed and at least one small part of the speculation machine can stop. Seriously, it has only been a couple weeks now and we have enough rumors to take us through till Episode XXVI.

Now about Arndt. He’s got a good relationship with Disney, he’s has written some solid scripts and has cred in the business, plus… he is obviously a huge Star Wars nerd. He wrote Toy Story 3, a movie that is replete with Return of the Jedi references.

So, we now have that, we know who will write it. I return you to wild speculation and rumor spreading.


Via /Film

So many rumors… so many… can’t keep track of them all.  Everyone wants to know what the hell is going on with the new Star Wars trilogy, particularly juicy details concerning directors, writers and plot.  Names are being dropped left and right, the likely being mixed in with nerd dream-lists indiscriminately.  The latest rumor-maybe-fact to hit the Internets is the presence of Michael Arndt as the new writer for Episode VII.

Writer of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine, Arndt has an ongoing relationship with Disney and thus the power to worm his way into the franchise if his treatment looks good.  And according to “inside sources”, a treatment for all three episodes of the new trilogy has been put together by Arndt and is being looked at seriously.  He is said to be “in line” to work on Episode VII at the least, though he’ll need to finish up with his Hunger Games work beforehand.

The next step will involve sending the treatment to get a look-over from some of the interested directors.  That list, in case you don’t already know, consists of names like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird.

Of course, it’s all still just a rumor.  So until we hear something official from Disney big-wigs, it will continue to remain as such.  Rest assured, if we here at NerdBastards get some solid news, it will be coming to you post-haste.


Thanks to /film for the update.

With director Gary Ross moving onto greener pastures, Lionsgate snatched up Francis Lawrence (I am Legend) to helm next year’s Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. In addition to a new director, the studio has just called for a new script as well.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar award winner Michael Arndt, has been hired on to rewrite the script originally written by Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy. Arndt is known for horrifying children and bringing adults to tears with Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

With Catching Fire being set for a theatrical release sometime in November of 2013, Arndt has plenty of work to get done in a very short amount of time. What are the odds that there will be at least one scene with a slow moving conveyor belt in front of a giant furnace?

In my opinion, Lionsgate is rushing the filming of Catching Fire. They have a decent director and snazzy writer at their disposal, yes, but churning out a quality film in such brief period of time seems an impossible task. It’s too big a gamble on too big a franchise.

Here’s a quick synopsis on Catching Fire:


Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

Source: /Film