GODZILLA’S Gareth Edwards to Direct Star Wars Spinoff!

Gareth Edwards

From StarWars.com

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 and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards.

Gary Whitta’s 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.”

2 thoughts on “GODZILLA’S Gareth Edwards to Direct Star Wars Spinoff!

  1. I’m on the fence with this Edwards. If your a fan of his, you are on board. For me though, I think he got the job way too quickly after Godzilla, which wasn’t exactly action packed if you will. The Star Wars universe needs someone that incorporate good story telling, great action, and special effects. Edwards just feels to me like “the flavor of the month”.

    I would have picked perhaps Joe Johnson (Captain America) or Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 4,5.6). A Star Wars film should be fun and imaginative, and I have my doubts with Gareth Edwards. His films are too much on the serious side to be able to handle a Sci Fi Fantasy Adventure film.

    • In all honesty, I haven’t seen the new Godzilla yet. I am behind Edwards because of his work on Monsters. If you haven’t seen it, it is worth your time.

      It does feel a little fast to be giving the guy a Star Wars movie, however. Hopefully he does well with it.

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