Lucasfilm confirms Michael Arndt as 'Star Wars' writer and new details on directors emerge
Lucasfilm seems awfully chatty this time around
Well, that was quick.
My guess at this point is that we'll hear the name of the director making "Episode VII" before the end of November. If Lucasfilm and Disney were willing to announce the hiring of Michael Arndt today, then it's obviously been in the works for a while, and they are most likely further along in the process than anyone guessed.
Star Wars.com posted another video today with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, and they evidently plan to post a new video every week. I think it's interesting to see how different their approach to talking to the audience is this time around than it was when they were gearing up for the prequel trilogy.
The thing that will be hardest for any filmmaker to get right is tone. Even in the original trilogy, you could argue that "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return Of The Jedi" all feel like they have very different sensibilities. Getting the world of "Star Wars" right is about more than just aliens and spaceships and lightsabers. There's a mix of action and humor and character that has eluded many imitators over the years, and it'll be interesting to see if they're able to pull it off with this movie.
Hiring Arndt sends a very specific message about the kind of film that Lucasfilm hopes to make, and we'll know even more when we see who signs on to direct. Keep an eye out for that information sooner rather than later.
In the meantime, here's today's new video with Kennedy and Lucas:
"Star Wars Episode VII" will be in theaters the summer of 2015.
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