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Less than 24 hours after reports that Toy Story 3 co-writer Michael Arndt had written a 50-page treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm and Disney made it official.
In a simple statement posted on the official Star Wars website, the companies said that Arndt, who won an Oscar for his 2006 Little Miss Sunshine screenplay, will write the script to the new Star Wars film.
Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, and George Lucas said in video discussions that they Arndt was among the group of writers that they had story conferences with.
Arndt’s name popped up as a potential writer after several sites reported that he had already penned a 40 to 50-page treatment for the first new film. At the time, Lucasfilm’s response to Vulture, which first reported the news, was that there is “no news to report at this time.”
Arndt is currently working on one of the other biggest franchises in Hollywood, The Hunger Games. He is credited as co-writer for Catching Fire, Lionsgate’s first sequel, which is due out on Nov. 22, 2013.
He was also nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the Toy Story 3 screenplay.
We still don’t know who will direct the seventh Star Wars film, but we do know that Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Zack Snyder won’t be doing it.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set to hit theaters in 2015.