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Michael Arndt heavily involved in writing the new SW trilogy

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"Oscar-Winning Scribe Michael Arndt Penned Treatment For Next Three ‘Star Wars’ Fims"

"He's part of the celebrated Pixar Brain Trust, who scrutinize and deconstruct all the movies they have in development. Moreover, he's a big fan of the franchise, lecturing frequently, specifically about the the end of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" and why it's so satisfying creatively."

 

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/michael-arndt-writes-star-wars-episode-vii-treatment-spielberg-abrams-brad-bird-expected-to-take-a-look-20121108

http://www.deadline.com/2012/11/next-star-wars-films-get-treatment-by-hunger-games-sequel-scribe-michael-arndt/

http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/michael-arndt-has-already-written-a-star-wars-episode-vii-treatment

http://www.flix66.com/2012/11/08/steven-spielberg-brad-bird-and-j-j-abrams-expected-to-read-michael-arndts-star-wars-episode-7-treatment/

I wish that I could just wish my feelings away...but I can't.  Wishful wishing can only lead to wishes wished for in futile wishfulness, which is not what I wish to wish for. 

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Michael

First screenwriter ever to be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay for his first two screenplays.

I wish that I could just wish my feelings away...but I can't.  Wishful wishing can only lead to wishes wished for in futile wishfulness, which is not what I wish to wish for. 

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1990osu: Based on what you quoted, he sounds like a good choice. Do you agree?

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I think he is an extremely good choice.

I wish that I could just wish my feelings away...but I can't.  Wishful wishing can only lead to wishes wished for in futile wishfulness, which is not what I wish to wish for. 

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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).

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

I wish that I could just wish my feelings away...but I can't.  Wishful wishing can only lead to wishes wished for in futile wishfulness, which is not what I wish to wish for. 

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1990osu said:

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).

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

Wow, this seems to me to be a tremendous and original insight into the success of Star Wars. Thanks for posting this.

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Wow, this seems to me to be a tremendous and original insight into the success of Star Wars. Thanks for posting this.

I never thought of it like this. It still raises the hairs on the back of my neck when Han reappears, and I still breath the same sigh of relief as Luke.

There are similarities with - off the top of my head - Stardust and Fifth Element too. The emotional (internal) resolution directly resolves the external threat. Both are endings I've always enjoyed.

DE

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Let's hope Lucas and Kennedy "Arndt" making a mistake choosing him.

 

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georgec said:

Let's hope Lucas and Kennedy "Arndt" making a mistake choosing him.

 

zing!

This forum really needs a "like" feature.

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Imrahil said:

georgec said:

Let's hope Lucas and Kennedy "Arndt" making a mistake choosing him.

 

zing!

This forum really needs a "like" feature.

As an alternative you can send cash to my PayPal!

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Count me as a little worried since Someone from Pixar also wrote and directed John Carter for Disney the same studio that just bought Lucasfilm.

The biggest box office bomb of all time.  The studio lost two hundred and fifty million dollars.

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John Carter didn't exactly have the greatest marketing campaign. A "Before Avatar, before Star Wars, there was John Carter..." sort of blurb might have helped.

I don't think they even made a Edgar Rice Burroughs connection in any of the advertising. Some people would at least know the character of Tarzan.

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The articles 1990 linked really make me feel a lot better about a writer I know nothing about.

I wish I wasn't getting so excited about this considering all the past disappointments, but man I can't help it.

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I remember reading that Marcia Lucas felt strongly that the audience should cheer when Han came to the rescue at the end, and that it was her insight in resolving that character arc that led to that moment being so emotional.

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bringing Gary Kurtz back from the shadows would be cool

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If the films need to pick up one thing from the PT it's Padme.

Luke has had his relationship with his father dragged out over three films.

The character of Padme kind of rolled into the dirt in ROTS.

Wouldn't Luke want to know more about her?

Wouldn't Leia become closer to her fragmented memories of her now that the Empire is gone?

If the OT was about absent fathers I think this one should be about absent mothers.

Both are mythical tropes and it would be interesting to explore the Star Wars universe from a more female perspective.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Dp2OfIT_M

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Bingowings said:

If the films need to pick up one thing from the PT it's Padme.

Luke has had his relationship with his father dragged out over three films.

The character of Padme kind of rolled into the dirt in ROTS.

Wouldn't Luke want to know more about her?

Wouldn't Leia become closer to her fragmented memories of her now that the Empire is gone?

If the OT was about absent fathers I think this one should be about absent mothers.

Both are mythical tropes and it would be interesting to explore the Star Wars universe from a more female perspective.

That would be crap......Star Wars the chick Trilogy

Bingo are you going to see the new Twilight movie?

J

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Jaitea said:

Bingowings said:

If the films need to pick up one thing from the PT it's Padme.

Luke has had his relationship with his father dragged out over three films.

The character of Padme kind of rolled into the dirt in ROTS.

Wouldn't Luke want to know more about her?

Wouldn't Leia become closer to her fragmented memories of her now that the Empire is gone?

If the OT was about absent fathers I think this one should be about absent mothers.

Both are mythical tropes and it would be interesting to explore the Star Wars universe from a more female perspective.

That would be crap......Star Wars the chick Trilogy

Bingo are you going to see the new Twilight movie?

J

The Space Vagina Monologues?

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The Space Vagina Monologues?

A picture is worth a thousand words. Post 102 is worth more.

I’m late to the party, but I think this is the best song. Enjoy!

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Jaitea said:



Bingowings said:

If the films need to pick up one thing from the PT it's Padme.

Luke has had his relationship with his father dragged out over three films.

The character of Padme kind of rolled into the dirt in ROTS.

Wouldn't Luke want to know more about her?

Wouldn't Leia become closer to her fragmented memories of her now that the Empire is gone?

If the OT was about absent fathers I think this one should be about absent mothers.

Both are mythical tropes and it would be interesting to explore the Star Wars universe from a more female perspective.


That would be crap......Star Wars the chick Trilogy


It wouldn't necessarily have to be crap. We're talking about Padme here, though, a vapid, dimensionless character who deserves to be retconned out of existence, so yeah, it would be crap concentrating on her.

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AntcuFaalb said:

The Space Vagina Monologues?

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