Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff for 2016
By Merrill Barr on May 22, 2014
When last we heard anything regarding the proposed Star Wars spinoffs, a rumored schedule had been released of what topics they would be covering. The fastest approaching was supposedly a 2016 film centered on fan-favorite, Boba Fett. Now, today, official word has come down who the director and writer of that 2016 film will be, though there’s no confirmation on Boba Fett’s plot inclusion.
Straight from Lucas Film themselves, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will take the reins of the first non-Skywalker centric film in the franchise with a script that will be written by The Book of Eli and Telltale Games The Walking Dead writer, Gary Whitta. The film is set for a December 16, 2016 release.
“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, with Whitta adding, “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 huge news for both men. Edwards is coming off a massive box-office haul with Legendary’s Godzilla, and Whitta was met with massive critical acclaim for his work on the Telltale Games series. They are 100% the right kind of people to take on one of the spinoffs. Now let’s just hope that it’s indeed Boba Fett, because that would be awesome.
What topic do you want to see Edwards and Whitta tackle in their Star Wars film?