'Episode VII': Michael Arndt May Write New 'Star Wars'

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Another day, another round of "Star Wars" rumors. Vulture reports that Oscar winner Michael Arndt may land the coveted job of writing "Star Wars: Episode VII." According to the site, Arndt wrote a "40- to 50-page treatment" for the film, which could place him in the driver's seat when it comes to Disney and Lucasfilm hiring a screenwriter. Arndt's draft will reportedly hit the offices of J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird and Steven Spielberg, though none of those directors are shoo-ins for the job. According to Deadline.com, Arndt actually wrote three separate "Star Wars" treatments, for "Episode VII," "Episode VIII" and Episode "IX."

Arndt won his Oscar for "Little Miss Sunshine," but he's also got some experience with blockbusters: He wrote "Toy Story 3" for Disney and Pixar, and contributed to the script for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

This is just the latest "Star Wars: Episode VII" rumor to spring up in the nine days since Lucasfilm was sold to Disney for $4.05 billion. Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow have been tied to "Episode VII" as possible directors, while original star Harrison Ford could be involved in the film as well. As an unnamed source told Geoff Boucher from Entertainment Weekly's EW.com, Ford is "open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it," though the star would prefer if Han Solo died.

For more on Arndt's possible involvement, head over to Vulture.

[via Vulture]

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