Gareth Edwards to direct STAR WARS spinoff
Gareth Edwards has had a meteoric rise. Starting off in TV then moving to Monsters, an amazing indie monster movie, to Godzilla (a film with a colossal budget), and now he is set to direct the first Star Wars spinoff. The spinoff will feature a screenplay penned by Gary Whitta (Book of Eli) and will arrive in theaters on December 16, 2016!
Official 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 Whitta’s screenwriting credits include 2010s “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.”
It looks like Edwards won’t be directing the Godzilla sequel, but that is okay with me. I think he’s a great choice to direct a Star Wars movie. I loved what he did with Godzilla, so this should definitely be interesting. We will keep you posted on this story as more news develops.