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Star Wars VII pre-production begins

Disney has confirmed that Michael Arndt (screenwriter for Toy Story 3) will write the script for Star Wars VII, which is now in pre-production.  Arndt, George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy are teaming up for the first film of the Trilogy.

Arndt is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, winning Best Original Screenplay for “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2006 and was nominated for an Academy Award for “Toy Story 3” (2010) in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. He has also written the screenplays for the Hunger Games Sequel and Catching Fire.

Arndt has completed treatments for all Star Wars movies in the trilogy, the first of which is due to be released in 2015 with the following films being released a year apart thereafter.

It has been reported that the decision to work with Arndt was made prior to the purchase of Lucasfilm and that some of the original cast members, including Harrison Ford, may be appearing in their original roles.

A Director has yet to be assigned although Vulture reported that Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg and JJ Abrams had all been sent the treatments for consideration.

George Lucas : Future of Star Wars

Lucas and Kennedy, in an interview for Star, said,

“I’m doing this so that the films will have a longer life,” Lucas said. “So more fans and people can enjoy them in the future. It’s a very big universe I’ve created and there’s a lot of stories that are sitting in there.”

The main thing is to protect these characters,” Kennedy added. “Make sure they still continue to live in the way [Lucas] created them. And that the universe of ‘Star Wars’ continues to grow.”

Star Wars VII is not the official name for the new film but a title will be released at a later stage in the production.