Official Info Lucasfilm Confirms: Michael Arndt To Write Screenplay For Episode VII

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Episode VII - Spoilers Allowed' started by Diggs, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Immortiss Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Mar 10, 2013
    star 4
    Sounds like the same gig for SW, because you know, like TS3, he wrote with others, or shared in the creative process, as he did here with Oblivion, and as he does now with the ST.
  2. ShaneP Ex-Mod Officio

    Member Since:
    Mar 26, 2001
    star 6
    Already?! Gee, then studios wonder why they have trouble getting more people to go to movies. If its out a few months after opening, why bother?
    Last edited by ShaneP, Jul 21, 2013
  3. anakinfansince1983 Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Mar 4, 2011
    star 7
    I was surprised it was coming that soon as well.
  4. Pro Scoundrel Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Nov 20, 2012
    star 4
    Yeah, but the difference is that he's the only one actually writing Ep. 7. Yes, he does spitball with other people, but he's the one who is actually putting it all down on paper and giving it structure. He'll decide on the dialogue, and the general interaction between the characters. Also, he's been there from the start. Before Kinsberg, Kasdan, or Abrams. Hell, before Disney. With Oblivion, there were other drafts of the script before Arndt became involved, and the director was also the creator of the story. I doubt Arndt was able to contribute as much to it. Still a great movie, though.
    Last edited by Pro Scoundrel, Jul 21, 2013
    Darth Chiznuk likes this.
  5. Darth_Pevra Chosen One

    Member Since:
    May 21, 2008
    star 5
    Oblivion didn't get many good reviews. I think I'll sit this Tom Cruise flick out.

    I honestly expect the plot of SW to be utterly conventional, just like the one of ST 2009 (plot was the weakest thing about that movie).
  6. Diggs Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Oct 31, 2012
    star 4
    I don't think the plot needs to be more than conventional to be honest. A New Hope is as conventional as it gets and that worked out ok. I'm hoping we get a good, simple adventure story of good vs evil with heroes we can really cheer and villains we can jeer. The plot can get more complicated as we get into 8 & 9, but for 7 I think the main goal has to be (re)introducing characters and a galactic conflict we are invested in.
  7. Darth_Pevra Chosen One

    Member Since:
    May 21, 2008
    star 5
    No, it doesn't need to be more than conventional. I still greatly enjoyed ST 2009 despite the weak plot and villain.
    JediGirl_Angelina likes this.
  8. markdeez33 Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Jan 25, 2013
    star 3
    Yeah, sorry mods, I should've posted my assessment of Oblivion in this thread, but I was so excited, I jumped the gun.

    I think Arndt is gonna do an amazing job with SW.

    Who cares about the critics?? The critics pan A LOT of great movies. Mostly because they didn't "get" them. Not to say they don't hit the nail on the head most of the time, too, but I thought Oblivion was a great film.
  9. A Chorus of Disapproval New Films Riot Deterrent

    Manager
    Member Since:
    Aug 19, 2003
    star 7
    Fair enough.

    And, I agree with your assessment of where critics often miss the mark. When a critic unknowingly attacks a film adaptation's source material and places blame for its concepts on the film, itself, is when that critic's work gets placed on my toilet paper roll.
    Darth Chiznuk and Krueger like this.
  10. The-Eternal-Hero Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Nov 3, 2012
    star 4
    I heard that Episode 7 will have a script . . . is that true???
  11. Graphic Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Nov 18, 2012
    star 2
    CrumpyCat would say no...
  12. Darth_Pevra Chosen One

    Member Since:
    May 21, 2008
    star 5
    Audience rating is much more important, I agree, and it also was only 60%.
  13. Darth Chiznuk PT Trivia Master / Game Host

    Game Host
    Member Since:
    Oct 31, 2012
    star 5
    I really enjoyed Oblivion as well. The acting, the story, the visuals and especially the music all blew me away. Like @Pro Scoundrel I don't know how much credit to give to Arndt but I certainly can't take anything away from him. Personally I loved his selection for SW from the start because I think both TS3 and LMS are amazing films.
    Pro Scoundrel likes this.
  14. Darth_Pevra Chosen One

    Member Since:
    May 21, 2008
    star 5
    I am rather worried, especially because the consensus seems to be that the pictures were pretty (responsibility of director), but the characters were very bland (responsibility in part of the screenwriter) and the plot apparently predictable.
  15. Darth Chiznuk PT Trivia Master / Game Host

    Game Host
    Member Since:
    Oct 31, 2012
    star 5
    I can only give my own opinion of course but that's not what I thought at all. I thought the characters and the dialogue was great and the plot was very interesting.
    Darth_Pevra and Pro Scoundrel like this.
  16. Skelter Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Oct 31, 2012
    star 1
    I am so ****ing stoked!! This is the guy that made me tolerate star strek!! That says a lot!
  17. TheBBP Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Nov 6, 2012
    star 4
    If you think that anything Star Wars is going to be anything but predictable, you are fooling yourself. Star Wars follows the standard formula of we have heroes and bad guys. For a while, the bad guys will beat the heroes, then in the end, the good guys triumph. Somewhere in the middle will be tragedy that must be overcome.
  18. Darth_Pevra Chosen One

    Member Since:
    May 21, 2008
    star 5
    If Star Wars is so predictable, how come nobody has foreseen Empires plot-twist (arguably the greatest twist in cinema history) or how RotJ would end? Of course it follows good against evil like most action adventures, but you can still include some surprises.
  19. DARTHVENGERDARTHSEAR Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Jun 8, 2002
    star 4
    Was it that good? I wanted to see it, but...
  20. ShaneP Ex-Mod Officio

    Member Since:
    Mar 26, 2001
    star 6
    That score reminded me of some of those electronic scores Brian Eno or Giorgio Moroder used to do. Terrific score.
    Darth Chiznuk and Pro Scoundrel like this.
  21. SithLordDarthRichie London CR

    Chapter Rep
    Member Since:
    Oct 3, 2003
    star 8
    The flaws of Oblivion should not be thrown at Ardnt, the movie had numerous writers and the director is ultimately responsible for the performances and story pacing.

    I didn't dislike the movie, but I didn't think it was great either.
  22. Darth_Pevra Chosen One

    Member Since:
    May 21, 2008
    star 5
    Well, but then the strengths of Oblivion shouldn't be "thrown at Arndt" either.

    By the way Toy Story 3 also had multiple writers.
  23. Frank_TJ_Mackey Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Dec 6, 2000
    star 4
    I agree....Arndt has a lot to prove....Little Miss Sunshine was "great" (certainly not a masterpiece).........my hopes are up....but I'm cautious.

    Little Miss Sunshine is a great little movie that no one will remember in 10 years.
    Darth_Pevra likes this.
  24. TheStorm Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Apr 8, 2002
    star 4

    Yea....see the thing is that the majority of the screenplay was written by the director and his friend. Look at the credits. And when you follow the history of the production all Ardnt did was a polishing of the script. Joe (the director) really wanted control of the story and how it played out. The visuals alone are not what the director does either, that's over simplifying it. And if you look at that and the fact that Tron Legacy suffered from the exact same problems (same director and story writer) you start to paint the picture that Joe really is not a good story teller. Good with visuals...and that's about it.

    Ardnt is an amazing writer. One of the best. I'm sure he will do wonders with Episode VII.
  25. SithLordDarthRichie London CR

    Chapter Rep
    Member Since:
    Oct 3, 2003
    star 8
    Plus he's a fan, so he could include references to things other writers might not