And we’ve got Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta on board. You might recognize the former as the director of Godzilla (2014), and he will take on the same role in the first Star Wars stand-alone film. Gary Whitta will write the screenplay, and since he did Book of Eli, I have high hopes.
StarWars.com made the announcement yesterday, and highlighted how the director and screenplay writer felt about working on the spinoff:
“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.
Gary Whitta’s screenwriting credits include 2010’s The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead.
Whitta states, “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.”
Will these Star Wars stand-alone films make fans happy, or does this fall under the Department of Milking It?
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