Is Michael Arndt Writing the New “Star Wars” Movie?

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Well before Disney bought Lucasfilm, high-profile screenwriter Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) was hired to write a 40 to 50 page treatment for the seventh “Star Wars” film, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.”

THR’s Borys Kit also writes that the Oscar-winning Arndt has completed the treatment and will likely write a draft of the screenplay. “The treatment also will be used by Disney/Lucasfilm to court directors for the highly-anticipated project,” Kit explains.

Vulture, which first reported on the move, says targeted directors include J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, and Steven Spielberg.

If Arndt–who has a deep, well-publicized appreciation for the storytelling aspects of “Star Wars” (h/t “Vulture”)–is the new scribe, that’s a solid move.

Today’s blockbuster action movies have the special effects down cold. What they require are emotionally sound screenplays that keep the action moving. “Toy Story 3″ is the apotheosis of that mission, while the scripts for the second “Star Wars” trilogy had the narrative flow and suspense of algebra textbooks. (It’s one reason why I jumped ship after the second prequel–they were boring me to death.)

Disney wants the new “Star Wars” movie in theaters by 2015.

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