In addition to a new trilogy of Star Wars films, now underway, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on a series of stand-alone films for the highly successful franchise. Given the recent success of his latest film Godzilla, it’s no surprise that director Gareth Edwards would be recruited to helm the first of the upcoming Star Wars spinoff films.
In a statement, Edwards spoke of his excitement, joining the project as a huge fan of the franchise:
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 and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm.
The screenplay will be written by Gary Whitta whose credits include The Book of Eli and After Earth.
In a statement, Whitta said:
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.
Whitta’s first major directorial project, Godzilla, outperformed expectations – bringing in $93.1 million during its opening weekend. To top it off, the film also received high praise from critics and fans alike.
The latest Star Wars installment, Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, is already underway in Abu Dhabi and is set to be released in theatres on December 18, 2015. The Gareth Edwards directed film is set to be released in theatres almost a year later on December 16, 2016.
What do you think of the decision to choose Gareth Edwards as the director for the first “Star Wars” spinoff?