Michael Arndt is an Amerian screenwriter most notably known for writing Little Miss Sunshine, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and Toy Story 3. He worked on the script for Star Wars Episode VII from 2012 to 2013, before screenwriting duties were taken over by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
Episode VII involvementEdit
On November 9, 2012, less than two weeks after The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm and announced production on Episode VII, Lucasfilm announced that Arndt had been hired to write the film, and that he had started story conferences with George Lucas and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. It was later reported that, as part of the Disney acquisition, Lucas provided extensive story treatments for the film, upon which Arndt would base his script.
On October 24, 2013, Lucasfilm announced that J.J. Abrams, the director of Episode VII, and Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, would be taking over screenwriting duties for the film. In an official statement, Kennedy said that Arndt had "done a terrific job bringing us to this point."