Deadline reports that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are in talks with Disney/LucasFilm to tackle Episode VIII and Episode IX. Kasdan is best known for writing Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi and Radiers of The Lost Ark. Kinberg known for Sherlock Holmes along with X-Men Days of Future Past. It sounds like the studio is really aiming to put the two sequels into production very soon with this news. We already know that Michael Arndt (Oblivion, All You Need Is Kill) is currently working on Episode VII while a director has yet to be named.
UPDATE: HeatVision has word the deals are done and the pair of writers will also be producers.
People have been digging for information on who will be directing Star Wars Episode VII and FilmSchoolRejects has finally come up with something a little more concrete than previous speculations. Colin Trevorrow who has been closely connected for the film had an interview over the summer while promoting Safety Not Guaranteed. He mentions on video a beloved project he was currently working on at the time that has established fans and mythology. Add this to talk he’s been linked as a director candidate for Star Wars and it sounds like he could have already been a frontrunner to helm.
“I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.”
SlashFilm picked up a new interview where writer/director Guillermo del Toro has commented on Star Wars Episode VII. He reveals he hasn’t been asked to do it but seems open if he didn’t have as many projects in development. Not counting Pacific Rim still in post-production he still has Heaven Sent, The Haunted Mansion, At The Mountains of Madness, Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Trollhunters, Jekyll And Hyde, Hellboy 3, Journey To The West/Temple of The Heavens all in different stages of development. However, like with the Hobbit and Pacific Rim if he’s offered an interesting film he’s willing to wait. Guillermo had recently been in the mix to direct Dawn of The Planet of The Apes before Matt Reeves landed the job. Anything is possible but if he’s not in the mix already LucasFilm might have someone already in mind.
“You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me. I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it’s really — I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t do that. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with. If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things.”
When asked during a podcast writer/director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) about the rumor he’s being looked at to be the director of Star Wars Episode VII. He doesn’t straight out deny and gives a very political answer. Similar to what Jon Favreau recently said about the project. This gives the impression he’s at least involved with talks with LucasFilms.
“I have very little to say about it. [stammering] Certainly, no specifics about whats going on behind the scenes in the selection of that person [a director]. I think that I can speak as a Star Wars fan, which is important to me. Whoever does do this movie, I think, just needs to have a fundamental understanding of why its important to us. We come from a generation who grew up with this as children, to us its almost a belief system. Its harder for people who are older or who were already teenagers when the movie came out to understand how deeply it is our mythology.And there are a bunch of incredible directors who are up for this job… I think whoever gets it will have that fundamental understanding of why Star Wars matters so much to a billion people. Its just incredible. So that’s all I can say about that. I’m equally excited about it. … that’s all you’re gonna get!”
It would be awesome because it means there would be a stronger chance that Aubrey Plaza (Scott Pilgrim, Parks And Rec, Funny People, Mystery Team, Safety Not Garanteed) could end up in a role.
Oscar winning screenwriter Michael Arndt has been confirmed via the official Star Wars website by LucasFilm and Disney to write the script for Episode VII. Arndt won his Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine but has also written Toy Story 3, Oblivion and Hunger Games: Catching Fire. There had been chatter that Michael has provided an outline/treatment for the entire new trilogy and would begin scripting in early 2013. It’s unknown if Arndt will be hired for the other two films but it’s very likely he will.
As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).
Vulture reports that copies of this Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes VII, VIII and IX) treatment/outline from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Oblivion, Catching Fire, Little Miss Sunshine) will be given to Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol) Steven Spielberg (Robopocalypse) and J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) to read over. It’s the first time we’ve heard the three directors linked to the trilogy by the trades. Previously, it had been rumored that writer/direct Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust, Layer Cake, X-Men First Class) was a possible candidate to direct.
I’m not totally sold that Abrams or Spielberg would end up signing on but it’s interesting to hear them at least looking at the project. Bird is currently the fan favorite and could be in a better position to jump onboard. Considering Steven is about to shoot Robopcolypse while J.J. is still in post-production on Star Trek Into Darkess with Star Trek 3 already in development. Disney/LucasFilm will have to be moving quickly to be able to meet that Summer 2015 release date if they don’t have a complete script in place.