Is Director A.J. Edwards Making a Mace Windu 'Star Wars' Spin-Off?
As of now, there are already two Star Wars spin-off films lined up after Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives next December. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards is already signed to direct the first one, arriving just one year after Episode VII, and Lucasfilm has already lined up Chronicle director Josh Trank to be at the helm of whatever spin-off will follow Episode VIII from Looper director Rian Johnson. However, is there a chance that another spin-off is in the works? The Better Angels director A.J. Edwards partook in a Reddit AMA and was asked about potential involvement in the revival of the Star Wars franchise. Read on!
Now we're pretty sure that Edwards was just joking around (sarcasm is hard to detect in text, especially online), but the director responded, "Talking about it, not able to say a lot yet. It will focus on Mace Windu." Aside from the fact that Edwards just doesn't seem like the type to take on a Star Wars film at all, the fact that he says he can't say a lot yet, but then follows it up by saying it's about Mace Windu is a dead giveaway that this is a joke. Lucasfilm hasn't even announced what the first two Star Wars spin-offs were about, so there's no way Edwards would reveal that tidbit unless he wanted to piss someone off.
In addition, we're pretty sure that any future films will probably try to steer clear of prequel territory, if only because of the reputation of the most recent trilogy. However, if there's one character who could have a rich and interesting history before The Phantom Menace even takes place, it would be Mace Windu. The character has gotten plenty of action in the animated series "The Clone Wars," but there's still a lot we don't know about him. However, if we go back before Episode I, then the character likely wouldn't be played by Samuel L. Jackson, and that kind of defeats the cool factor. Again we're pretty sure this is just a joke misinterpreted by several online outlets, but we'll see what happens.