Star Wars Episode VII Writer Revealed

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 screenwriter Michael Arndt, who won an Academy Award for his Little Miss Sunshine screenplay, wrote the Lucasfilm-owned treatment for Star Wars Episodes VII through IX that Disney bought when they acquired Lucasfilm last month, and is set to write the Star Wars Episode VII script next year, Deadline reports.

This report will put lie to a number of popular rumors, among them that the long-gestating Walt Disney Studios sci-fi project 1952 from Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird is actually a cover for Star Wars.

“We’ve got a lengthy treatment [for Star Wars] that comes with this that we feel really good about and the film is in what I’ll call early-stage development right now,” the Disney boss said when the Lucasfilm purchase was announced.

Arndt was reportedly brought in by Lucasfilm before the Disney purchase went through, but according to Deadline it was "months ago," not years, so it would have been after negotiations with Disney were already underway.