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Multiple sites reported Thursday afternoon that Toy Story 3 co-writer Michael Arndt has written a treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII. Reports suggest that he had even been hired before the Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was even official.
According to Vulture’s report, Arndt, who won an Oscar for co-writing Little Miss Sunshine and recently penned the script for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, already completed a 40 to 50-page treatment for the seventh Star Wars film. It is likely that he will be a credited writer on the shooting script when production finally starts.
Arndt’s rep would not confirm and Lucasfilm would only tell Vulture that they have “no news to report at this time.”
He is also apparently a Star Wars expert and does have a long-standing relationship with Pixar. Arndt co-wrote the Oscar-nominated Toy Story 3 script and wrote Up director Pete Doctor’s next film.
Vulture also states that the treatment will likely land on the desks of directors like Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams.
Deadline notes that Arndt’s treatment was what Disney CEO Bob Iger was referring to when he spoke with investors after the sale was completed. “We’ve got a lengthy treatment that comes with this that we feel really good about and the film is in what I’ll call early-stage development right now,” Iger said.
There is still no official word on actors or directors from Disney. However, there has been a report that Harrison Ford was “open” to coming back and a rumor that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn was in talks.