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Disney believes Force is strong with Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3

Disney has signalled that it's taking its newly acquired Star Wars brand very seriously indeed after hiring Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning writer of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3, to devise a way forward for the forthcoming sequel trilogy, according to Us reports.

Arndt has put together treatments for all three planned films and is in talks to write the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII, which will go into production for a 2015 release date following Disney's $4.05bn purchase of LucasFilm from Star Wars creator George Lucas. Arndt is the only screenwriter to receive Oscar nominations for his first two films, 2006's Little Miss Sunshine (which won best original screenplay) and 2010's Toy Story 3 (which picked up a nod for best adapted screenplay).

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