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Old 10-25-2013, 01:49 AM   #1
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Star Wars VII Shake Up: Oscar Winning Screenwriter Exits

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hea...ts-star-650671

Oscar Winning Writer Michael Arndt Exits 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
  • Michael Arndt was also the screenwriter for Toy Story 3 - receiving an Oscar nomination for that script.




Director J.J. Abrams and longtime Lucasfilm collaborator Lawrence Kasdan are handling script duties for the franchise's newest installment.


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Michael Arndt is no longer writing the script for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Screenwriting duties are being taken over by Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and by J.J. Abrams, who is already on board as director.

"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a post on StarWars.com. "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."

Arndt has been working on Star Wars even before Disney announced it was buying Lucasfilm in October 2012, writing a 40- to 50-page treatment for Episode VII. The announcement also contained the news that Disney was planning new movies in the Star Wars universe, including Episode VII, with a 2015 release planned. Then in late 2012, Arndt was formally hired to write the screenplay.

While George Lucas is considered the author of the stories for the Star Wars movies, the screenplays for both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were written with collaborators.

Kasdan and Leigh Brackett collaborated on the script for Empire -- considered by many fans and most critics to be the best story of all the Star Wars movies -- and also worked with Lucas on Return.

The Episode VII script news was announced on StarWars.com, which also revealed the below-the-line crew that Abrams has assembled, which includes Dan Mindel, the director of photography behind Abrams' Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Also on board are production designers Rick Carter (Lincoln, Avatar) and Darren Gilford (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy), costume designer Michael Kaplan (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Fight Club), special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), sound designer Ben Burtt (Wall-E, Star Wars: Episodes I-VI), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (The Master, There Will Be Blood) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith) of Industrial Light & Magic.

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Old 10-25-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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Probably good news...


Getting more influence from who where involved in the Star Wars movies that "worked" is a good thing.

The stories where better...even the rehashing in Jedi...

There was a certain "feel" to the stories and dialogue - particularly Empire - that was lost, beaten, and nearly strangled to death in those crazy George/Rick mccallum CGI nightmares...

They need it back...for the franchise and also to protect Disney's investment.

Is it possible that they may actually realize what needs to be done here? I'm starting to believe it.
I'll trust kasdan and Kathy Kennedy...they have earned that

Well... Indiana jones and the crystal skull notwithstanding...
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Probably good news...


Getting more influence from who where involved in the Star Wars movies that "worked" is a good thing.

The stories where better...even the rehashing in Jedi...

There was a certain "feel" to the stories and dialogue - particularly Empire - that was lost, beaten, and nearly strangled to death in those crazy George/Rick mccallum CGI nightmares...

They need it back...for the franchise and also to protect Disney's investment.

Is it possible that they may actually realize what needs to be done here? I'm starting to believe it.
I'll trust kasdan and Kathy Kennedy...they have earned that

Well... Indiana jones and the crystal skull notwithstanding...
I agree with you here, I thought the same exact thing when i read this earlier this morning.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:31 AM   #5
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Just let Patton Oswald write his story and use that!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOsKISBkIlQ

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Just let Patton Oswald write his story and use that!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOsKISBkIlQ

I'll pass on the fan boy stuff...thanks
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I'll pass on the fan boy stuff...thanks
I'm pretty sure this was making fun of fanboy stuff.
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The other hidden gem in that article is that the Visual Effects Supervisor is a Christopher Nolan guy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception) and NOT a lucas poluted cgi addicted ILM guy...

Which is very important...as Nolan is basically a champion of film at this point - insisting on reality and three dimensional models and tools in as much of the filming as possible...as opposed to michael bay blue/green screen junk meant for sleep deprived 15 year olds...

I like the team assembled...they are pulled from movies that feature elements needed to get star back on track...
its called "realism"...yes, you can make a fictional movie where the actual paid actors feel like they just might be talking to something not created on an Apple product.

still hoping for the best with this endeavor...very cautiously
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I'm pretty sure this was making fun of fanboy stuff.
as was I...

i'm trying out this new "sarcasm" thing...
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Loved the first three movies, possibly because my son loved them so. Saw the next three but wondered what happened. Have high hopes that somewhere someone can make the last three the epic cumulation they need to be.
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Probably good news...


Getting more influence from who where involved in the Star Wars movies that "worked" is a good thing.

The stories where better...even the rehashing in Jedi...

There was a certain "feel" to the stories and dialogue - particularly Empire - that was lost, beaten, and nearly strangled to death in those crazy George/Rick mccallum CGI nightmares...

They need it back...for the franchise and also to protect Disney's investment.

Is it possible that they may actually realize what needs to be done here? I'm starting to believe it.
I'll trust kasdan and Kathy Kennedy...they have earned that

Well... Indiana jones and the crystal skull notwithstanding...


I could not agree more!
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