Disney Hands Star Wars: Episode VII to the Writer of Toy Story 3

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Hasn't most material already been covered in books and such? I wonder how and if they are going to try to keep canon or if they'll retcon everything to fit their script.

He did Little Miss Sunshine? Awesome. I'm interested. Love that movie.

Jack_in_theGreen:
At last a good writer steps into the series... :P

The big issue for me is: WHICH GENERATION will the new movies be targetted to?
THE 10 year olds...? soooo Disney can sell also MORE "happy meals" with its merchandise?

Or we can expect "some" level of maturity in the stories and character development? (So we old-timers are not left out for a change?)

Its possible for both. See... well most things by Pixar, and some 90's cartoons like Recess, which is surprisingly good if you go back and watch it as an adult.

I don't see why people are worried, making a good Star Wars movie is simple.

Step 1: Keep George Lucas the fuck away from the movie.
Step 2: Rake in the cash and the praise from fans.

Anybody would be a step up from George Lucas.

Honestly, Disney knows how to handle talent. Toy Story 3 was the deepest and most introspective of all of Pixar's works. The man knows how to tell stories. This can only be a good thing.

http://www.vulture.com/2012/11/star-wars-episode-vii-may-have-found-its-writer.html?mid=twitter_vulture

Since winning the Oscar for Sunshine, Arndt has lectured extensively on the art of storytelling at numerous writers' retreats, like the Hawaii Writers Conference in Maui and the Austin Film Festival, always featuring a lengthy and detailed explanation of why the original Star Wars' ending is so creatively satisfying.

At these talks, Arndt always tells attendees that Star Wars' enduring appeal has to do with resolving its protagonists goals' nearly simultaneously, at the climax of the movie. In the comments section of a discussion about a Star Wars talk Arndt gave at the Austin Film Festival in 2010, one attendee of the seminar notes, "Arndt stated that if a writer could resolve the story's arcs (internal, external, philosophical) immediately after the Moment of Despair at the climax, he or she would deliver the Insanely Great Ending and put the audience in a euphoric state. The faster it could happen, the better. By [Arndt's] reckoning, George Lucas hit those three marks at the climax of Star Wars within a space of 22 seconds."

Indeed, in the third act of Star Wars, as Arndt explained to his young screenwriting Padawans at the 2009 Hawaii Writers Conference, its central characters' main goals all are met on pages 89 through 91 of the original Lucas script: At the crescendo of Star Wars, a spectral Obi Wan urges, "Use the Force, Luke," and he does, thus reaching his inner goal (fighting self-doubt to become a hero). Han Solo reappears (meeting the philosophical goal of overcoming selfishness with altruism) to shoot down Darth Vader, which allows Luke to use the Force to mentally guide his shot and blow up the Death Star (outer goal and inner goals simultaneously met).

I'm optimistic with him writing the script. But I am rather cautious on who's going to be the director.

Doom972:
Couldn't they get someone with Action/Science Fiction/Fantasy experience? Toy Story 3 was fine, but it's hardly the tone I expect from a good Star Wars film. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about it, but this kind of news doesn't help.

Frankly I'd take someone with proven skill at writing good screenplays with decent characterisation over someone who just has sci-fi action movie experience. I mean, would you prefer Michael Bay be writing Episode VII? 'cuz he's got loads of Action/Science Fiction/Fantasy experience

Tartarga:
So I guess we can expect episode VII to be a tearjerker then?

Yeah I had the same thought.

Quiotu:
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That makes me wonder whether they're going to film the Thrawn Trilogy

...

Good gods let it be so!!

I mean, competent Stormtroopers? Amazing spacebattles? One of the coolest Star Wars villains (yes, including Darth Vader) ever? Hell yes!

I like the idea... a lot. But they're gonna have to find a way to work around the fact that it's been nearly 30 years since RotJ, but the Thrawn Trilogy takes place only 5 years after. Hamill, Ford, Fisher... they are all quite quite older, and it's gonna look weird to have Skywalker in his 60's hooking up with Mara Jade.

They're gonna have to retcon the story somehow to make things start a little later, and not everything could happen exactly like the novels.[/quote]

Well who is to say they have to cast the same people? And don't you go all purist on me with "there is only one Luke Skywalker". There have been many Kents, Bonds, Waynes and other prominent movie figures that casting someone new as Luke, Leia and Hann shouldn't be an issue. There you go, they can keep to the cannon chronology.

Infernai:

On a more serious note, if you are making a movie set after the sixth movie. Maybe you should create one about this guy:

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Just Saying...maybe it's time to give him a movie.

Yes! He so deserves a movie! Or at least to be in a movie as a foreshadowing of his future movie.

BTW love your avatar :)

Pallindromemordnillap:

Doom972:
Couldn't they get someone with Action/Science Fiction/Fantasy experience? Toy Story 3 was fine, but it's hardly the tone I expect from a good Star Wars film. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about it, but this kind of news doesn't help.

Frankly I'd take someone with proven skill at writing good screenplays with decent characterisation over someone who just has sci-fi action movie experience. I mean, would you prefer Michael Bay be writing Episode VII? 'cuz he's got loads of Action/Science Fiction/Fantasy experience

I thought it would be obvious that I meant good experience. Why would you think anyone would want Michael Bay? Unless you secretly do...

Infernai:

On a more serious note, if you are making a movie set after the sixth movie. Maybe you should create one about this guy:

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Just Saying...maybe it's time to give him a movie.

This, This oh so much.

OT: Personally see this as a really good sign atm, They could have chucked any number of their other writers into the mix but with this standard they might accually pull it off, IF they get the right other people into the mix.

And honestly, its interesting too that they are throwing out so much info right now, i wonder how much longer they will do so.

MiskWisk:
This...
Could actually be quite good.

I don't know, I never liked toy story

First thing that went through my mind when the news hit was:

Clone Wars style animation, with Pixar at the head, can only be awesome!

Seriously, how else are we going to get Grand Admiral Thrawn? (and you *know* you want to see that on the big screen)

The prequels weren't the best thing I ever watched, but they're by no means the worst either (House of the Dead takes THAT particular cake). That said, if they make something so bad that it makes the prequels look like god damned Citizen Kane...heads will fucking roll.

Doom972:

Couldn't they get someone with Action/Science Fiction/Fantasy experience? Toy Story 3 was fine, but it's hardly the tone I expect from a good Star Wars film. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about it, but this kind of news doesn't help.

Toy Story 3 had the perfect attitude for a good Star Wars film.

Emotion, hopelessness, and someone caught fire near the end.

MrDeckard:

waitwut

First they buy it and now they want to put THIS guy on it???

I mean, he's a good writer and all, but how is Star Wars anywhere near what he has done in the past?

I don't know... how could anything from a Star Wars movie even come close to anything in a Toy Story movie...

Oh yeah, that little piece of nightmare fuel...

crepesack :
Hasn't most material already been covered in books and such? I wonder how and if they are going to try to keep canon or if they'll retcon everything to fit their script.

The expanded universe is seen as a separate canon based on the two film trilogies, which exist in their own canon, so the new films may well be based on some of the better parts of the expanded universe but it's very unlikely they'll stick to it exactly. That's a good thing in my opinion since the EU ranges from excellent to pure shit.

Just so you guys know its already been said that it'll have nothing to do with any EU story.

Infernai:

On a more serious note, if you are making a movie set after the sixth movie. Maybe you should create one about this guy:

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Just Saying...maybe it's time to give him a movie.

One word: YES.

Several people:

This guy made Toy Story, therefore this is gonna be terrible!

So this guy made Toy Story. Okay. Why does this preclude him from making Star Wars? Why can't he make good Toy Story movies and good Star Wars movies?

The guy is a fucking comedy writer! what is everyone pleased about?? Its like a thrash metal singer announcing he is about to try and do some dubstep.

I tried to think of some oxymoron's to better illustrate my point but you get the idea, it is just plain stupid. I will still go and see them though because I am pretty curious.

Couldn't do worse than George did with the prequels.

Jack_in_theGreen:
At last a good writer steps into the series... :P

The big issue for me is: WHICH GENERATION will the new movies be targetted to?
THE 10 year olds...? soooo Disney can sell also MORE "happy meals" with its merchandise?

Or we can expect "some" level of maturity in the stories and character development? (So we old-timers are not left out for a change?)

Star Wars has ALWAYS been for the kids. Why should they change it now?

Well it's not like he could do any worse than George Goofis. All he has to do is resist the urge to puke with a pen and create subplots that don't make sense while just not going anywhere.

MrDeckard:

waitwut

First they buy it and now they want to put THIS guy on it???

I mean, he's a good writer and all, but how is Star Wars anywhere near what he has done in the past?

How was Star Wars anything like George Lucas had done in the past? Besides, in the end, it wasn't Lucas that even wrote or did the original trilogy - that has been well documented. Only in the Prequel Trilogy did Lucas finally have his paw prints all over everything that was on screen, and boy does it show.

Besides, comedy and adventure (both included in Toy Story 3) are some of the hardest things to do right. Arndt has accomplished both in a single movie that turned out to be the best in the series. I'd say Star Wars has nothing to be worried about.

Infernai:
On a more serious note, if you are making a movie set after the sixth movie. Maybe you should create one about this guy:

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Just Saying...maybe it's time to give him a movie.

Yes. Yes, it is. Kyle Katarn was a great character in all the games he starred in, and as far as I'm concerned, his presence in the series lore is completely canon.

I would laugh so hard if there were ever to be a crossover film/episode between Toy Story and Star Wars.

I'm actually kinda optimistic about this. Partly because they can't fuck it up much more and because I wouldn't really care if it turned out to be bad. I've stopped caring much for the franchise since Lucas started to go one his crazy trip.
It's either going to be a good movie and maybe even revitalise the franchise or just one more movie that I won't care about, in a franchise that died a long time ago but is still being milked.

Anyway, I don't think that just because he hasn't worked on a movie in space or that he's written Toy Story 3, it means that he can't write a good Star Wars movie. Besides, he won't be the only one working on that script.

Michael Arndt huh? Can't say I saw that coming, but when ya think about it it's a great choice. He's the perfect guy really, he's used to writing for characters who're a little woody

Doom972:

Couldn't they get someone with Action/Science Fiction/Fantasy experience? Toy Story 3 was fine, but it's hardly the tone I expect from a good Star Wars film. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude about it, but this kind of news doesn't help.

You can't possibly judge something like that based solely on the fact that he wrote Toy Story 3.

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These guys better be in it. Or the Empire of the Hand. Or Jacen Solo. Or Kyle Keteran.

SpiderJerusalem:

MrDeckard:

waitwut

First they buy it and now they want to put THIS guy on it???

I mean, he's a good writer and all, but how is Star Wars anywhere near what he has done in the past?

How was Star Wars anything like George Lucas had done in the past? Besides, in the end, it wasn't Lucas that even wrote or did the original trilogy - that has been well documented. Only in the Prequel Trilogy did Lucas finally have his paw prints all over everything that was on screen, and boy does it show.

Besides, comedy and adventure (both included in Toy Story 3) are some of the hardest things to do right. Arndt has accomplished both in a single movie that turned out to be the best in the series. I'd say Star Wars has nothing to be worried about.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending Lucas AT ALL.

His writing was terrible and the Toy Story guy can only be better.

It just seems really weird to me. It would be like if the dude who made Rush Hour suddenly made an X-Men movie or something.

verdant monkai:
The guy is a fucking comedy writer! what is everyone pleased about?? Its like a thrash metal singer announcing he is about to try and do some dubstep.

I tried to think of some oxymoron's to better illustrate my point but you get the idea, it is just plain stupid. I will still go and see them though because I am pretty curious.

Did you know the same guy who wrote Toy Story also wrote The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Cabin in the Woods, and Speed? His name is Joss Whedon, I'm guessing you've heard of him. So if the writer from Toy Story could make all those fantastic movies I'm pretty sure that the writer for Toy Story 3, which is in many people's opinions the best in the series, has the chops to write a Star Wars movie.

Bottom line, stop bitching people and realize this guy knows his shit. Anyone who can make a three-quel that's with as much acclaim from critics and audiences as Toy Story 3 I'm sure he can do this.Fortunately most people know this and are as happy as me, but not everyone can think unfortunately.

verdant monkai:
The guy is a fucking comedy writer! what is everyone pleased about?? Its like a thrash metal singer announcing he is about to try and do some dubstep.

I tried to think of some oxymoron's to better illustrate my point but you get the idea, it is just plain stupid. I will still go and see them though because I am pretty curious.

Have you seen either movies? There are comedic moments in Star Wars and if you dare tell me there is nothing serious in Toy Story 3 then you have the right, no, the duty to leave the internet right now and never come back.

The only change is from a fantasy style movie to an action science fiction movie, which if you want a good comparison would be like an alternative/indie rock singer joining a metal band. Not the same, and a bit of a leap, but there is enough commone ground to work with and if he was a good enough singer(or writer for the actual situation, and he is) then the jump should still work out well in the end.

Now to see if they use existing material (Truce at Bakura, Hand of Thrawn, etc) or make something new.

Mike Kayatta:

Academy Award winner Michael Arndt has been given the impossible task of producing a script as good as Episode One's.

I get it.

tmande2nd:

Toy Story 3 was well written.
I mean yes its a kid movie

Why the hell is this an issue to everyone? Star Wars is a god damn kids movie. I don't care if you want to make some argument for the expanded universe; those 6 movies were, without a doubt, made with kids in mind.

I mean the only mildly dark parts in those movies came from the prequels, and all of those parts were more accidentally hilarious than dark.

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