On December 16, 2016, moviegoers will be treated to the second new STAR WARS film of the decade, when the first STAR WARS spin-off arrives almost a year-to-the-day after J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS Episode VII opens. Stepping outside the episodic timeline, Disney and Lucasfilm are in development on “multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga.” Gareth Edwards, director of this year’s GODZILLA will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta (THE BOOK OF ELI).
“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”Gareth Edwards
In addition to writing 2010’s THE BOOK OF ELI starring Denzel Washington, Gary Whitta has worked on Telltale Games adaptation of THE WALKING DEAD.
“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.”Gary Whitta