Star Wars: Episode VII script to be finalised by January

The 'Star Wars: Episode VII' script is due to be completed by January and Disney are anticipating the movie to cost around $200 million

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The 'Stars Wars: Episode VII' script is due to be completed by January.

'Little Miss Sunshine' writer Michael Arndt began working on the script before Disney purchased Lucasfilm - which is an American film and television production company founded by George Lucas, the creator of the 'Star Wars' franchise - in 2012.

Later it emerged director J. J. Abrams and Academy Award-winning screenwriter with 'Return of the Jedi' screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan would take over writing duties as they wanted to make changes to the script.

Speaking at an event hosted by Variety over the weekend, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn also revealed the highly anticipated sequel has a budget of at least $200 million.

Variety journalist Marc Graser tweeted: "Disney expects to get script for Star Wars 7 in January. No budget for movie although studio wouldn't be surprised if it costs $200 million."

Until the script is finalised there will be no stars cast in the highly anticipated sci-fi flick but it is rumoured a few of the original cast - which includes Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford - may make a comeback.

'Star Wars: Episode VII' is set to be released on December 18, 2015.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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