Michael Arndt replaced by Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams to write 'Star Wars: Episode VII' script
There's some kinda switcheroo over at Disney for Star Wars: Episode VII, because Michael Arndt has been booted from the scriptwriting scene in favor of Lawrence Kasdan who will share the job with director J.J. Abrams. Seeing as how Kasdan wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, we can hardly complain about that.
"I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wrote on StarWars.com. "There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production."
There's some kind of weird backstory to all of this, surely, because it was fairly well-known Arndt was working on an Episode VII storyline even before Disney bought Lucasfilm. You'd think the guy who wrote the Oscar-winning Toy Story 3 would have some bonafides. But if there's one thing Prometheus and World War Z taught us, it's that highly anticipated sci-fi movies with scripts by committee can still rake in big bucks, even if they don't make a lick of sense. Wait, no, those were just because Damon Lindelof was involved.