UPDATE: LucasFilm confirmed tonight that Michael Arndt is, indeed, writing the screenplay for the seventh “Star Wars” movie. From StarWars.com:
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).
From Nov. 8:
Word on the street is that the guy in the lead to write the screenplay for “Star Wars: Episode VII” is Michael Arndt, the man responsible for “Toy Story 3′s” Oscar-nominated screenplay. Vulture dropped the news first, citing anonymous sources. More after the jump.
Informed sources tell Vulture that Star Wars: Episode VII has found a leading candidate to write the film’s screenplay: Michael Arndt, the Pixar favorite who was nominated for an Oscar for Toy Story 3, won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, and wrote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is currently shooting. Insiders confirm that Arndt has written a 40- to 50-page treatment for the film and is likely to be at least one of the writers when the Disney/Lucasfilm project begins shooting in 2014.
Interesting, but I’ll take it with a grain of salt. Rumors are rampant right now about the project, even if I do expect this one to have more meat on its bones.