Informed sources tell Vulture that Star Wars: Episode VII has found a leading candidate to write the film’s screenplay: Michael Arndt, the Pixar favorite who was nominated for an Oscar for Toy Story 3, won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, and wrote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is currently shooting. Insiders confirm that Arndt has written a 40- to 50-page treatment for the film and is likely to be at least one of the writers when the Disney/Lucasfilm project begins shooting in 2014.
Getting George Lucas as far away from this franchise as possible is going to end up being the best thing to ever happen it. My only gripe is their want to revisit the Luke/Leia/Han story. Why not instead start fresh? The Star Wars universe has so much room to tell so many new stories. I feel like the Skywalker family story is played out.