This past week the number one question that’s arisen out of the announcement that Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) has written treatments for the new Star Wars trilogy, is:
Well, who’s gonna actually write the damn thing?
Now it’s been officially announced by the information stalwarts at Disney/Lucasfilm: Arndt will write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII.
This is such a no-duh moment that it’s almost anticlimactic. He obviously has such a strong vision for the sequel trilogy that Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas felt comfortable enough to let Arndt’s name get out there.
Who gets press for writing treatments? No one. Treatments are summary documents and not only are they mostly a bore to get through, they speak to nothing regarding the quality of the final screenplay.
As he writes the screenplay for Episode VII, Arndt has unwittingly agreed to be the fanboys’ thankless whipping boy in perpetuity. It’s a damned position to be in: If the new movie turns out great, praise will go to the director. If the new movie doesn’t turn out so great, all vile will land squarely on Arndt’s shoulders.
Good luck with that script, dude.