'Godzilla' Director to Helm 'Star Wars' Spin-Off for December 2016
With production on Star Wars: Episode VII just kicking off, we figured it would be awhile before we heard any solid news on any of the developing Star Wars spin-offs we've heard will hit theaters in between the milestone installments of the new trilogy. However, Lucasfilm has just announced Godzilla remake director Gareth Edwards is attached to be at the helm of one of the films that have been said to be "origin story films" of some sort. Previously, we heard Lawrence Kasdan (who also co-wrote Episode VII with J.J. Abrams) and Simon Kinberg were scripting two spin-offs, but it's been confirmed three are in the works.
However, we're still not sure what kind of origin stories we're looking at. But we do know that Gary Whitta, who wrote The Book of Eli, will be scripting the film and Disney has set it for release on December 16th, 2016, so it will arrive a year after Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters. The project is described as a standalone film, but again, no story details. Early rumors pegged a film focusing on the earlier years of Jedi Master Yoda while others have been said to focus on a young Han Solo or his arch nemesis, bounty hunter Boba Fett (both of those elements could actually be in a single film).
While we'd rather see what Edwards can do with an original film like his indie debut Monsters, especially following a big budget remake of Godzilla, we're glad Disney and Lucasfilm are plucking a talent like him to make their Star Wars universe films of the highest quality. And obviously, Edwards couldn't be more thrilled, saying, "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.” On top of that, THR says Edwards is under contract to direct two Godzilla sequels. Stay tuned for any updates.