Michael Arndt is apparently finished with his work on Star Wars Episode VII. Kathleen Kennedy via StarWars.com says:
“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”
So Abrams and Lawrence “I wrote Empire, Raiders and Jedi” Kasdan are finishing the script. That’s awesome if not insanely exciting news!
They’re getting the band back to together! Matt Wood and “sound designer Ben Burtt (Lincoln, Wall-E, Star Wars: Episodes I-VI)” is back as well!
Shooting will begin in Spring 2014 and it will be released in 2015 (queue the Thanksgiving/Christmas rumors).
Read the full press release from the Official Star Wars Website.