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Thursday, May 22, 2014



'Godzilla' Director Gareth Edwards Set To Helm 'Star Wars' Spin-Off in 2016


Today it was announced through the trades then officially by StarWars.com that Gareth Edwards the director of the smash hit Godzilla is set to helm the first Star Wars Spin-Off movie in 2016. Disney must be really getting Star Wars bake to it's routes given Gareth Edwards filmed most of Godzilla with practical effects instead of heavy CGI. Here is the press release:
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.

Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla.

"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 & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm, said Edwards.

Gary Whittas screenwriting credits include 2010s 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."
 The question is which character will he tackle? The mercenary for hire movie like Boba Fett? or a buddy-cop duo movie with Han and Chewie? That is still to be determined....

Lastly, what does this mean for the Godzilla sequel that was announced over the weekend?

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