The STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Script Hasn’t Been Turned in Yet

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While production is poised to begin on Star Wars: Episode VII early next year, it appears that there’s still a bit of script work left to do for the highly anticipated sequel.  We know that Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine scribe Michael Arndt had a treatment prepared when Disney first purchased Lucasfilm and announced plans for more Star Wars films, and while he worked with director J.J. Abrams on the screenplay once Abrams was hired on, it sounds like Arndt’s take on the material is being significantly reworked.

It was announced a few months ago that Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were taking over scripting duties on Episode VII, and now Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn has revealed that he hasn’t yet received the script.  Hit the jump for more.

jj-abrams-star-wars-episode-7Speaking at a Variety breakfast earlier today, Horn told the crowd (via Marc Graser) that he expects to see the script in January, and until then they don’t have an official budget—though he noted that they expect it to be at least $200 million.  Though I’m sure Horn has seen at least something pertaining to Episode VII, it’s telling that the screenplay has not yet been official submitted even though it’s been in development with Abrams’ involvement for nearly a year.  This signifies that Abrams and Kasdan are doing extensive work on the script, and indeed Badass Digest reports that the Arndt script was thrown out and the two started “more or less” from scratch.

Hopefully Abrams’ reworking of the material is for the best and will result in a finished film that delivers the goods to longtime Star Wars fans.  For now, we continue to wait for more official word regarding casting, story, etc.  All will be revealed when Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters on December 18, 2015.

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  • Christian

    It’s not like they’ve had a year and a half to work on it or anything.

    • Oliver Queen

      Good one mate :)

    • Oliver Queen

      Good one mate :)

    • El actor secundario Bob

      You’re my master now!

  • Christian

    It’s not like they’ve had a year and a half to work on it or anything.

  • Lance

    This is why they should have pushed the movie back to 2016. Don’t screw up this franchise any more than it already is, Disney, by thinking only of your scheduling needs!

  • Lance

    This is why they should have pushed the movie back to 2016. Don’t screw up this franchise any more than it already is, Disney, by thinking only of your scheduling needs!

  • JBug

    This isn’t news.

    • ThisGuy

      I thought the exact same thing. This is not news. Just something to rile up the masses. Who really knows about any film’s actual development process.

      • JBug

        And the fact that something didn’t happen today is not noteworthy let alone newsworthy. Are they going to post the exact same article 3 weeks from now?

    • sunshine

      totally, muck raking.

  • Idris Elba

    Idris Ebla should write the screenplay for Star Wars VII.

    • Grayden

      Idris Elba should have been Mace Windu.

      • MEY

        In fact, your comment is a very important one.
        S.L.Jackson should be/must be kept far away from Star Wars movies in the future. He was one of the weakest features of the prequels.

        And Idris Elba should be in my bed…

  • Idris Elba

    Idris Ebla should write the screenplay for Star Wars VII.

  • El actor secundario Bob

    Who needs a finished script? We’re talking about JarJar Abrams! Lens flares everybody!

  • El actor secundario Bob

    Who needs a finished script? We’re talking about JarJar Abrams! Lens flares everybody!

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

    • Jack le Critic

      One of the worst lines in the franchise…but probably the most apt right now :s

      • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

        I never say stuff like this, but if you don’t like that line, turn in your fan card bub. It’s a classic.

      • Jack le Critic

        Whenever I hear it I think of Phantom Menace – here lies the problem.

      • Jack le Critic

        Further – “Oota goota, Solo?” was THE line of the franchise ;)

      • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

        I don’t know why you think of a prequel when you hear one of the classic lines of the franchise, but that’s your problem. I don’t know who in their right mind goes “prequel” when thinking of a classic Star Wars moment.

      • Jack le Critic

        “I have a bad feeling about this.”As Obi-Wan Kenobi’s first line at the beginning when Kenobi talks to Qui-Gon Jinn onboard Saak’ak – this is the reason why. Please brush up on your Star Wars trivia.

      • Guest

        Further – “Oota goota, Solo?” is THE line of the franchise.

  • faf

    I wouldn’t like to be on their shoes., taking it seriously, they have so much pressure on their shoulders.

  • kemo

    sounds like big trouble

  • Jack le Critic

    Because…they’d rather reboot the whole series – it’s so much easier than writing something original.

    • sunshine

      what exactly the fuck are you talking about?

      • Jack le Critic

        The real reason why they’re struggling to write Ep VII. why do you think there are so many reboots? becasue it’s easier to update an established story than write an original one. Don’t be so so rude either you miserable specimen…

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    Better they take longer then F it up royally.

  • Adam Heatherly

    Note tocollider dont put stock in what badass digest says

  • jk

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

  • sunshine

    good. i’d rather have a larry kasdan story then the guy who wrote little miss sunshine and toy story 3… sorry. if you disagree you’re fucking nuts.

  • The Flobbit

    They’re kind of like, “So what do we have to show for a year and a half of working?”
    “Absolutely squat.”
    “No, we got JJ and Kathleen to pose with an old R2D2 prop…”
    “Oh yeah! If we publish that image, it will give the illusion that we’ve been working this entire time!”
    “C’mon! No, *really*, what HAVE we got?”
    “47 hours of raw lens flare footage.”

  • Nathan

    Not really news. And Badass digest isnt the most trustworthy.

    Still though, Disney is going to announce a 2016 release in 5, 4, 3….

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