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Michael Arndt no longer writing Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Arndt has exited Star Wars: Episode VII.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, his screenwriting duties are being taken over by Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and JJ Abrams, who is already on board to direct.

Arndt had been working on the new Star Wars movie even before Lucasfilm was bought by Disney in 2012 and was then formally hired to write the screenplay.

But in a new announcement via StarWars.com, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed: “I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script.

“There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen.

“JJ, of course, is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

The remainder of the announcement concerned other key technical personnel. And here they are…

Dan Mindel, the director of photography behind Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, is also on board, as are production designers Rick Carter (Lincoln, Avatar) and Darren Gilford (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy) and costume designer Michael Kaplan (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Fight Club).

The special effects supervisor will be Chris Corbould (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), while the sound designer is Ben Burtt (Wall-E, Star Wars: Episodes I-VI) and the visual effects supervisor is Roger Guyett (Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith) of Industrial Light & Magic.

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