When Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2o12, the internet and the world went ablaze with hype. This could only mean one thing, more Star Wars movies. Disney announced that they would be producing a new sequel trilogy and standalone spinoff films within the universe on an alternating yearly schedule.
Today the news came that not only does the first spinoff film have an official release date, December 16, 2016, but also a director, fresh off the success of his newest blockbuster film. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will be taking the reins on our first non-trilogy adventure in the Star Wars Universe.
The official statement from Disney reads as follows:
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.”
This is certainly exciting news for fans as the production of the Episode VII began this month, and hype for these projects just keeps growing and growing.
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