The originally announced screenwriter for the next was Michael Arndt, who won an Academy Award for Little Miss Sunshine and was nominated for another Academy Award for the Toy Story 3 screenplay. Sadly, he is no longer writing the screenplay for Episode VII.
Instead, the script will be written by Lawrence Kasdan (who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back) and J.J. Abrams. I'm still not sure how I feel about this particular development. Personally, I liked the idea of having an award winning writer building the script for the next Star Wars movie. Lately I've been feeling much less enthused about J.J. Abrams being the director for Star Wars. Here's hoping that Mr. Kasdan can elevate whatever Abrams comes up with to as close to Episode V as possible.
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