Gary Whitta Departs 'Star Wars' to Work on 'Starlight' Adaptation

January 10, 2015
Source: THR

Mark Millar's Starlight

From one galaxy to another. One tiny piece of news at the beginning of this year involves a screenwriter we've been following for a long time. His name is Gary Whitta and he just spent the last year working on the screenplay for the first Star Wars spin-off movie, the one due out in late 2016, being directed by Gareth Edwards. Before that he wrote the After Earth and The Book of Eli scripts, and also worked on numerous video games and other geek properties. Whitta has announced that he's moving on to develop an adaptation of Mark Millar's Starlight for 20th Century Fox next after finishing Star Wars, so he's set and ready to go.

Here's the tweet Gary Whitta posted after the news first hit yesterday, originally via Hollywood Reporter:

Whitta was announced as the screenwriter work on Starlight as of late 2014. "The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan I’m deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. The film is going to be amazing," Whitta told THR. Starlight is based on Mark Millar's Image Comics sci-fi series about a space hero named Duke McQueen, who saved the universe but no one believes his fantastic stories. Years later, after he's settled down and grown up, he's recruited for one last adventure. Sounds a bit like The Fifth Element, but with its own Millar twists. We'll keep an eye out.

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments


The guy on the picture looked like Cable from X-Men franchise, so I thought Singer has found an actor for Cable for X-Men: Apocalyps.

Tuomas Lassila on Jan 10, 2015



Tuomas Lassila on Jan 10, 2015


Ha! You must read the news story after you look at the image! 🙂 It's a shot of the main character from the Starlight comics. I haven't read them either, but that's the guy...

Alex Billington on Jan 10, 2015


Well I couldn't help that the picture was eye-catching and my Marvel sense was tingling 😛

Tuomas Lassila on Jan 10, 2015


you aren't far off from the cable assumption! That piece of art used in this article header is drawn by Rob Liefield. He's the co creator of Cable. His characters tend to have some likeness between one another 😉

Bitmap'd on Jan 10, 2015


So he didn't depart, but actually finished the Star Wars movie script and then went to another project

HarryFiddleSticks on Jan 10, 2015


Yes, but the Star Wars script will also get more work from other writers before it heads into production. I guess just semantics with depart, he's moving on I mean to say. Departing one place, headed to another. 🙂

Alex Billington on Jan 10, 2015


Maybe "finished writing" would be a better replacement for "departs" in the title. Might sound less misleading. But hey, it's your article and I'm not a journalist 🙂

HarryFiddleSticks on Jan 11, 2015


I agree, the headline is very misleading.

Joker's hideout on Jan 12, 2015


more people will click the article if it sounds like there's some sort of conflict. clickbait 101.

ColtNoir on Jan 12, 2015


Whitta is a cool dude. I hope he makes STARLIGHT amazing.

DAVIDPD on Jan 10, 2015


Good luck.

Xerxexx on Jan 11, 2015


i believe millier said flash gordan was a big influence on this series

HG2012 on Jan 12, 2015

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