Sunday, 25 May 2014

Gareth Edwards set to direct Star Wars spin-off

When your major studio filmmaking debut roars at the box office the way that Gareth Edwards' Godzilla did last weekend, people listen. But even given that success, it's still great to hear that Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have Edwards attached to direct one of the Star Wars standalone spin-offs.

It's not yet clear which of the potential spin-offs the companies want him to tackle, and indeed no-one at the Mouse House has even confirmed which characters might be the focus of the non-trilogy movies. So far, the prime rumours have flowed around Yoda, Han Solo, Boba Fett and even Obi Wan Kenobi's untold adventures.

Said Edwards, courtesy of, "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".

While we do know that at least three spin-offs are planned to keep the Star Wars fires stoked between Episodes VII, VIII and IX, everything else about them is a mystery besides the fact that X-Men: Days Of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg and Episode VII co-writer Lawrence Kasdan have been overseeing their development and Gary Whitta (The Book Of Eli) is specifically on board to script the film Edwards is set for.

Whitta added, "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."

Star Wars is yet another feather in Edwards' cap, coming after the indie success of Monsters (2010) and Godzilla's stomping of the competition. He's attached to any potential Godzilla sequel – which Warner Bros and Legendary have already confirmed is in development – but it's still early days for that, with no script in existence just yet. So it's entirely possible that Edwards could head to a galaxy far, far away before coming back down to Earth for another bout with the big G.

Star Wars: Episode VII, which has just kicked off shooting in Abu Dhabi with J.J. Abrams calling the shots, is out on 18 December 2015. 

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