“Godzilla” Director To Helm First “Star Wars” Spinoff; Writer & Release Date

May 23, 20140 Comments

Director Gareth Edwards is riding high after the success of the Godzilla reboot and it’s only going to get better for him. The director’s next project is going to be one of Disney’s planned Star Wars spinoff films that’ll coincide with the new trilogy. It appears that the model will be a Star Wars film every year alternating between the new trilogy and spinoffs each year. Check out the press release below.

Press Release:

In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.

Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year’s smash hit Godzilla.

“Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards.

Gary Whittas screenwriting credits include 2010’s The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead.

Whitta states, “From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.”

So what do you guys think? There have been multiple rumors that the spinoffs would be for Boba Fett, a Yoda prequel and maybe even one following a younger Han Solo? If I had to pick, I’d go with Boba Fett.

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