Gareth Edwards To Direct First Of Three ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Offs

Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated reboots currently on the horizon is the Star Wars franchise, which in the years ahead is scheduled to receive three new installments, as well as three spin-off films. Though fans have been kept somewhat in the loop in regards to the production of J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII, recently there have been a lot of questions regarding the alleged offshoots, and yesterday, Jedi-wannabes everywhere finally got some answers.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will be directing the first of three Star Wars spin-offs. Gary Whitta will pen the script, and presently, the film is scheduled to hit theatres nationwide on December 16, 2016. You can read an official statement from Star at the end of this post.

This is obviously awesome news — Gareth Edwards’ latest kicks an incredible amount of ass, and has been absolutely killing it at the box office, leaving me optimistic for his newest undertaking. Unfortunately, this means that we will likely not see Godzilla return to the big screen until after 2016, but that’s okay, because STAR WARS.

Though the film’s plotline is still a mystery, there are rumors circulating that this first installment will likely center around the bounty hunter Boba Fett, or Han Solo in his youth. Personally, I’m hoping for Boba, because I’m still bitter about him dying at the hands of the Sarlacc. I mean, c’mon dude, it’s a hole with teeth.

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“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 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.”

Kyle Florence
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One Response to “Gareth Edwards To Direct First Of Three ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Offs”

  1. gangsta says:

    Boba Fett didn’t die in the Sarlacc