Michael Arndt

Update: Apparently in response to our find, Trevorrow tweeted the following this evening: “To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1.” Also, when asked if he’s officially stating that he’s out of the running to direct Star Wars, he tweeted, “That is what I am saying.“ While we wait for an official decision on who will be directing Star Wars Episode VII, the rumors continue flowing in as to who might be up for the gig. Earlier this month, Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow was named as someone who has actually had meetings at Lucasfilm and is definitely on the list of contenders. Well, now something else has come to our attention that could be an actual confirmation that the Hollywood newcomer is following his debut with a trip to the Star Wars galaxy. Reader Lenny Crist sent us a video from way back in June of Trevorrow talking to Spencer Fornaciari of The MacGuffin podcast in which he claims his next project will involve him tackling a mythology with a substantial fanbase, part of which will likely be angry with him for landing the gig. Check out the potentially revealing interview (specifically from 21:45 to 22:24) and a transcript of what he says after the break.

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Michael Arndt

As we reported yesterday, it looks as if screenwriter Michael Arndt is now confirmed to write the new Star Wars screenplay. The news comes from StarWars.com (via The Film Stage), which tells us: 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). Hey, confirmation, that’s cool. Let’s keep that coming.

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Michael Arndt

UPDATED: Deadline Hollywood now reports that Arndt has actually penned a treatment for the next three Star Wars films. Time for today’s Star Wars: Episode VII rumor! If you’ll remember way back to, oh, yesterday, we were last speculating about the latest maybe-candidate for the coveted directional gig for 2015′s other big blockbuster (to wit, that news held that Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow is now in the mix), but today’s scoop relates to another major element of the new film: who will actually write the thing. Vulture reports that “informed sources” (no more of those uninformed sources ’round here!) have keyed them into a “leading candidate” for the screenwriting gig: Michael Arndt. Wait, who? No, you know him, trust us. A “Pixar favorite,” Arndt’s first big production was Little Miss Sunshine which, no big deal, he won an Oscar for. Since then, he co-wrote Toy Story 3 (picking up an Oscar nomination on the way), helped adapt Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion, wrote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Simon Beaufoy, and penned scripts for both the Phineas and Ferb feature and the upcoming “Goes Inside the Mind” feature for Pixar. Arndt’s got multitudes in him, and that just might be our best bet for a strong Star Wars scribe. Even better? Vulture shares that Arndt is no less than a Star Wars expert, one who has even lectured about the films (and his admiration of their strong structure) on numerous occasions.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s your nightly gateway to all that is interesting, lively and sometimes sad about the world of entertainment. If it bumps in the night, we’re the ones laying down the beat. We being this evening with the saddest story of the day. Yes, it’s May the Fourth (Star Wars Day) and the day many of you will finally realize the giddy kid dream that is Joss Whedon’s Avengers, but it’s also a day upon which the world of entertainment has lost a true pioneer. Adam “MCA” Yauch passed away today at age 47 following a long battle with cancer. You undoubtedly know him as 1/3rd of the Beastie Boys, but he’s also impacted the world of film, co-founding Oscilloscope Labs, the distributor of such films as We Need to Talk About Kevin and Bellflower. To read the best of those remembering him, I’d suggest you spend some time with AV Club’s Nathan Rabin’s obit. There’s also a story about Oscilloscope’s plans going forward in the wake of its co-founder’s passing. He will be missed, but more importantly, he will be remembered fondly as the multi-hyphenated pioneer that he was.

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There’s a lot going on at D23 (which I spent the last two weeks thinking was the new Eminem super group), but so far the most interesting development has been from Pixar and Pete Docter. With the money-making albatross of the Cars franchise off their necks, the studio is set to release Brave next summer, followed by Monsters University the summer after that, an untitled movie about dinosaurs over the Holidays of 2013, and then a concept from Docter the summer of 2014. Essentially, there’s a lot of Pixar to enjoy before we get to it, but /film is reporting that the untitled movie will be set inside your head. Here’s the official synopsis: “Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.”

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It has been previously reported that both Universal and Relativity are vying to put together competing live action Snow White Films for 2012. Universal has been hard at work on Snow White and the Huntsman which reportedly is going to star Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Viggo Mortenson, and Relativity is putting together The Brother’s Grimm: Snow White directed by Tarsem Singh, who made 2000’s The Cell. This has made Disney very angry. Sensing a couple of upstarts treading on their fairy tale turf, they have hired Oscar nominated Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt to pen a Snow White film of their own called Snow and the Seven. This version of the popular tale will take place not in its traditional setting, but in 19th century China. The story will center on an Englishwoman who travels to Hong Kong for her father’s funeral only to find that she has become the target of her evil stepmother’s scheming. Oscar winning production designer John Myhre has also been brought on to begin to create the look of the film. While Universal and Relativity will theoretically have the chance to get their Snow White projects made and out to theaters first, this new flurry of activity from the Disney camp can only be sending one message: “Get off of my land!” Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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