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Disney buys Lucas Arts - new Star Wars trilogy being made

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It’s been barely a week since Disney announced its $4.05 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm and plans for Star Wars: Episode VII, but the studio already may have a screenwriter in mind.

Citing “informed sources,” Vulture contends Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) has already banged out a 40- to 50-page treatment — presumably, he was among those called to Skywalker Ranch as early as August — and will likely be at least one of the writers of the 2015 film. Arndt, who also penned The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the upcoming Untitled Pixar Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind for Up, is characterized as a Star Wars expert.

The website contends Arndt’s treatment will soon be in the mailboxes of such top-tier directors as Steven Spielberg, Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams.

The studio is also said to be keen on bringing back original trilogy characters Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo — sorry, Jimmy Smits, no Bail Organa for you — meaning roles for Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. The latter reportedly is “open” to Episode VII, and Fisher appears to be game. Hamill, who along with Fisher was told by George Lucas about the new trilogy in August, is probably a lock.

UPDATE: Deadline reports that Arndt’s treatment isn’t just for one Star Wars film, but rather the entire trilogy.

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2012/11/08/star-wars-episode-vii-may-have-writer-toy-story-3s-michael-arndt/

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Why is he considered a "Star Wars expert"? Has he read all the novels like the rest of us nerds?

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because of this, apparently...

Since winning the Oscar for Sunshine, Arndt has lectured extensively on the art of storytelling at numerous writers’ retreats, like the Hawaii Writers Conference in Maui and the Austin Film Festival, always featuring a lengthy and detailed explanation of why the original Star Wars’ ending is so creatively satisfying.

At these talks, Arndt always tells attendees that Star Wars’ enduring appeal has to do with resolving its protagonists goals’ nearly simultaneously, at the climax of the movie. In the comments section of a discussion about a Star Wars talk Arndt gave at the Austin Film Festival in 2010, one attendee of the seminar notes, "Arndt stated that if a writer could resolve the story's arcs (internal, external, philosophical) immediately after the Moment of Despair at the climax, he or she would deliver the Insanely Great Ending and put the audience in a euphoric state. The faster it could happen, the better. By [Arndt’s] reckoning, George Lucas hit those three marks at the climax of Star Wars within a space of 22 seconds."

Indeed, in the third act of Star Wars, as Arndt explained to his young screenwriting Padawans at the 2009 Hawaii Writers Conference, its central characters' main goals all are met on pages 89 through 91 of the original Lucas script: At the crescendo of Star Wars, a spectral Obi Wan urges, “Use the Force, Luke,” and he does, thus reaching his inner goal (fighting self-doubt to become a hero). Han Solo reappears (meeting the philosophical goal of overcoming selfishness with altruism) to shoot down Darth Vader, which allows Luke to use the Force to mentally guide his shot and blow up the Death Star (outer goal and inner goals simultaneously met).

So while it remains to be seen whether Arndt will forge ahead with an entire script for Episode VII, clearly, as Vader might say, “The Force is strong with this one.”

http://www.vulture.com/2012/11/star-wars-episode-vii-may-have-found-its-writer.html

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I'm excited for this

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Even though I'm a little late to the party... to celebrate this momentous occasion I shall post these awesome Star Wars GIFS.

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Apparently they've decided to shoot the new films on actual film instead of with the new digital tech...

 

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/homecinema/star-wars-episode-vii-to-be-shot-on-film-not-digital-50012064/

 

 

An elegant medium, 

, film captures light in an organic, analogue, imperfect way. Great directors have used this to their advantage, and in this case it's comforting to think Abrams will be closer to the grubby look of the original trilogy than the glossy cleanliness of the prequels.

Episode VII is due out in 2015, with VIII and IX due in 2017 and 2019. Spin-off movies will appear in the years in between, rumoured to be focusing on a dashing young Han Solo in one, and tin-hatted rocket-pack pilot Boba Fett in another.

 

 

 

What do you film geeks like SZ James etc think of this?

 

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More news on the upcoming "stand alone" Star Wars films...

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57602763-235/disney-exec-standalone-star-wars-films-will-be-origin-stories/

 

 

Get ready to learn just how Han Solo became such a jaded, grizzled, mercenary.

If the conclusion drawn by Variety is correct, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo let it be known that the series of standalone "Star Wars" films that will be coming over the next few years -- in addition to Episodes VII, VIII, and IX -- will be "origin" stories.

 

 

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Could be good if the casting is right and as long as Johnny Depp is no where to be seen. 

 

 

Who should play a young Han?

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