Star Wars VII

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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Star Wars

We all know what time it is, people – it’s time for our daily Star Wars: Episode VII rumor! While this week’s other rumors have centered on people possibly wanting to get involved with the project (namely, that director Colin Trevorrow might helm the project and that screenwriter Michael Arndt is probably a lock to script it), today’s is all about people who are not interested in signing their lives away to Disney’s latest endeavor. And, man, are some of these people being harsh about it. To wit, the project’s “maybe-director” list has been rumored to include names like Trevorrow, Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Matthew Vaughn, and many more, but at least three possible helmers have now taken various opportunities to talk about how not interested they are in the project. Who’s out? Let’s find out.

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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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Colin Trevorrow

The upside to all of these already-flowing Star Wars VII rumors (to wit – we’re getting a new Star Wars in 2015! it will be part of a new trilogy! Matthew Vaughn could direct! Harrison Ford could come back!) is that, with Disney aiming for a summer 2015 release date, we don’t have whole years of speculation to slog through. At best, we have a few months. And, in all reality, most of this chatter could prove moot – I’d personally be shocked if Disney isn’t just messing with all of us and has already picked, at the very least, a director for this hugely profile project. But, until then, let’s speculate! The latest piece of the Star Wars VII rumor pie comes care of Celebuzz, who are exclusively reporting that a source has informed them that Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has “had early discussions with Lucasfilm about Episode VII.” The outlet continues that Safety “garnered him fans at Lucasfilm, one being George Lucas.” That is certainly…interesting. However, Celebuzz also reports that this Lucas/Trevorrow meet-and-greet took place months ago, though they also maintain that Trevorrow is “indeed on the list of potential names that could shepherd a new trilogy of films.”

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