STAR WARS Spinoff to Be Directed by GODZILLA Helmer Gareth Edwards; December 16, 2016 Release Set

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After the gargantuan success of Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla, many figured that director Gareth Edwards’ next step would be a sequel to the monster movie.  After all, Godzilla 2 was recently confirmed as being in the works and Edwards had been catapulted into the director’s chair of a massive studio tentpole after helming a tiny, tiny budget sci-fi drama called Monsters.  He steered Godzilla to both commercial and critical acclaim, but it appears that Legendary and WB weren’t the only ones to take notice, as Edwards has now been enlisted to take the helm of one of the Star Wars spinoff films.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s writing Edwards’ film and the news that he’s also attached to direct a pair of Godzilla sequels. [Update: We've also added a statement from Legendary CEO Thomas Tull regarding the Godzilla sequels.]

star-wars-gareth-edwardsHeat Vision broke the news that Edwards will next direct the first Star Wars spinoff film, and Lucasfilm subsequently confirmed Edwards’ involvement, adding that the pic will open in theaters in 3D on December 16, 2016.  Due to the highly secretive nature of the Star Wars franchise, it’s unclear exactly which film Edwards will be directing, but previous rumors have claimed that Lucasfilm is prepping standalone films about Boba Fett, Yoda, and Han Solo.

As a big fan of Edwards’ approach to Godzilla, I think this is an inspired choice.  The filmmaker brought something fresh and inventive to the blockbuster tentpole genre, and I can’t wait to see what he does within the Star Wars universe.

Though Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were enlisted to pen the scripts of these spinoff films a while ago, Lucasfilm notes that Book of Eli and After Earth screenwriter Gary Whitta is writing the script for Edwards’ spinoff.  Most recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that they would be making “at least” three spinoff movies, poised to be released in between the main franchise installments.  With this one already set for 2016, we can bet that Episode VIII will hit in December 2017, followed by another spinoff in 2018, and so on and so forth.

gareth-edwards-star-warsThe report confirms that Edwards is attached to direct Godzilla 2 and even Godzilla 3, but those films are in the nascent stages and don’t even have scripts yet.  As such, Edwards’ next project will take place in a galaxy far, far away.  Legendary CEO Thomas Tull confirmed that Godzilla 2 is a ways off in his statement regarding the Star Wars news:

“The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars installment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe.”

star-wars-boba-fett-spinoffRead the full official press release below.  Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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 and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards.

Gary Whittas 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.”

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    That’s awesome news for Star Wars. Can’t wait to hear what film he’s tackling.

    • Awex

      I’m happy with the December opening.
      Star Wars movies before Christmas every year – good decision from them.
      Every Christmas will bring an extra present.

      • MIXTER

        good point! Especially as the Hobbit ends this year,

      • doctor_robot

        i’m glad that the prequels didn’t come out for christmas… what crappy gifts those would have been.

  • Scullibundo

    They’re dating it for December 16, 2016? Erm, are you sure you wanna do that, Disney?

    • AJD1984

      Where it that article does it give that date?

    • TAINT_BUTTHOLE

      Why not?

      • Scullibundo

        I just think there are wiser things to do than open your tentpole film opposite the sequel to the highest grossing film of all time – or any James Cameron flick for that matter.

      • JBug

        Can you sound any more smug?

      • JBug

        Can you sound any more smug?

      • Person

        Actually that’s a good point, forgot about Avatar.

      • Person

        Actually that’s a good point, forgot about Avatar.

      • Manchego Cheese

        In all fairness, Avatar’s success is kind of unquantifiable. Whenever the topic of Avatar comes up I sort of just shake my head and try to come to terms with it all.

        $2.8b worldwide for a live action Fern Gully/Pocahontas hybrid ? *That* much money for a film that is good, but nothing else. Extraordinary.

        I loved that Avatar’s promotional material stressed the return of Cameron by citing his other films. As “from the director of…” flashed up and was followed by “Terminator”, “Aliens”, “True Lies”, “Titanic” etc most laypeople would’ve gone “oh, wow, he’s done some great films” but in no way could anyone – fox included – have been prepared for what followed.

        The decision to put the 3D aspect front and centre was clever too, heralding the film as the first proper exponent of that art.

        Nothing about it was revolutionary the way the original Star Wars was, culturally or technologically. 3D had been done before – admittedly not using those cameras – as had fully CG pictures, as had motion capture… but it arrived and everyone was convinced cinema had changed and a new age of artistry had arrived.

        Whoever was responsible for manipulating the marketplace into being convinced it was the unmissable movie event of the year would surely be a wealthy, wealthy individual now. Their work was first class.

        Still, its hard to fathom so many years out that the film was so popular.

        If it were a Star Wars episode film I’d back the Galaxy Far, Far Away to trump Avatar 2 everyday of the week. A spin-off has more variables to it.

        I stress Avatar is a good film, an enjoyable film, but surely lightning won’t strike twice. Personally I’ve forgotten quite a lot about it, but for some striking images. 7 years between sequels worked once before for Jim, I suppose…

      • JBug

        I read your whole comment and agree wholeheartedly with all of it, except I felt Avatar wasn’t a good film. It was ok overall, while technically very solid.

      • JBug

        I read your whole comment and agree wholeheartedly with all of it, except I felt Avatar wasn’t a good film. It was ok overall, while technically very solid.

      • Scullibundo

        The problem is that the ‘lightning won’t strike twice’ argument was made when the first Avatar film came out. The comment referred to Cameron somehow pulling out of what everybody was pegging as a financial nosedive and somehow achieving the highest grossing film of all time… again.

        And the marketing manipulation is something that makes no sense. This film lived by word of mouth. And it was a technological breakthrough. It ushered in the SimulCam and the PerfCap systems (now widely used in place of normal MoCap).

        A film doesn’t make 1.4billion more than the second-highest grossing film (The Avengers) based on marketing. It was all word of mouth. It’s not some 3D gimmick pull either. That doesn’t explain the 2D bluray being the highest selling blu of all time.

        I mean, every market ate the film up. China fucking exploded all over Avatar and has since emerged as a MUCH bigger market since 2009. The potential for international box office is only more now.

        But at the end of the day, it’s not Cameron’s name that sells these things. It’s Cameron’s understanding of how to tell a story that appeals to mass audiences. That’s what keeps them coming back.

      • Scullibundo

        The problem is that the ‘lightning won’t strike twice’ argument was made when the first Avatar film came out. The comment referred to Cameron somehow pulling out of what everybody was pegging as a financial nosedive and somehow achieving the highest grossing film of all time… again.

        And the marketing manipulation is something that makes no sense. This film lived by word of mouth. And it was a technological breakthrough. It ushered in the SimulCam and the PerfCap systems (now widely used in place of normal MoCap).

        A film doesn’t make 1.4billion more than the second-highest grossing film (The Avengers) based on marketing. It was all word of mouth. It’s not some 3D gimmick pull either. That doesn’t explain the 2D bluray being the highest selling blu of all time.

        I mean, every market ate the film up. China fucking exploded all over Avatar and has since emerged as a MUCH bigger market since 2009. The potential for international box office is only more now.

        But at the end of the day, it’s not Cameron’s name that sells these things. It’s Cameron’s understanding of how to tell a story that appeals to mass audiences. That’s what keeps them coming back.

      • Manchego Cheese

        Absolutely agree, word of mouth was vital. But how did so many people leave the theatre thinking it was so good? I’m mindful of not pegging my tastes or interpretations of everyone else – everyone is entitled to their opinion – but seriously… $2.8b worldwide for a film with no pedigree but the name of its director, who hadn’t released a feature film in 12 years, that was a fairly run of the mill story. It’s success is a triumph of ambiguity…

        Smarter people than I should write an essay trying to uncover how it happened that a decent film (whilst I accept your opinion re: the technological stuff, most of the cinema going public wouldn’t get or appreciate it) made that much cash.

        Yes, China will now be a very fertile ground for this big pictures. The market is huge and seemingly willing to back these films in.

      • Scullibundo

        It’s because it was the ultimate escapist cinema. Say what you want about the surface narrative, but the film is well constructed both visually and narratively in terms of the world it created. You had news reports of people coming out with Pandora withdrawal. I wish I was making this shit up.

        Not only that, but to a much larger degree than Star Wars, the film appealed both to men and women in equal numbers. There was a much larger cross-section of the audience covered both in terms of gender and age. And like I said, Cameron knows how to create a film for an audience. He knows story structure, payoffs like nobody’s business. Bad dialogue means jack shit when you package all the story beats perfectly. And that’s what Cameron did. And the word of mouth carried the film.

        Avatar isn’t about opening weekends, it’s about repeated weekends. It’s about 6% weekend to weekend drops, as opposed to the usually 50-60%. But make no mistake, the Avatar sequel will have a big opening weekend.

      • Manchego Cheese

        I think there was a degree of right place, right time for the left-wing environmental agenda, too. It was a message people were receptive to hearing and willing to support at that point in time. “we’re going in there to take their resources and ruin their way of life” etc etc really resonated with a lot of people, too.

        I’ve always been skeptical about the Pandora withdrawal thing, like it was a marketing or PR exercise designed to keep the film in the conversation. Especially considering the nightly news needs news on a nightly basis to keep going, there’s always going to be a place for stranger than fiction stories to exist (usually right before or after the weather).

        Furthermore, the topography of the planet isn’t all that exceptional… places that look like Pandora (but for the glowing plants and wood sprites and wildlife, of course) exist in the world. Forests, for example.

        The whole audience engagement thing is an interesting point. Using Star Wars as an example, there was a bit of a love story going on. With two more iconic and compelling characters and actors behind the roles. Princess Leia, strong willed and capable, and Han Solo, the ultimate good looking rebel, pardon the pun, who plays by his own rules. Charismatic, fun etc. What I’m trying to say is that relationship would’ve resonated with just as many cinema-goers, I think anyway.

        I’d be surprised to see the +/- of tickets sold (not dollars made) for something like The Empire Strikes Back – which made less than Star Wars despite being a better film in more or less every way – with Avatar 2 when it’s released.

        It’s tough, I know, given the elongated releases and runs at cinemas. Films made their money over an extended period of time, there were less films released and there wasn’t as much competition for consumer’s time and money.

      • JBug

        I agree that the Pandora withdrawal felt like BS market manipulation. Same with the create your own Avatar look alike. I doubt the sequel will be as successful as the original. Are people really going to go for repeat viewings or will they be satisfied with seeing where the story goes?

      • Manchego Cheese

        Going back to the whole Empire Strikes Back thing, sometimes its just not fair.

        Empire made a heap of money, sold even more merchandise and was well liked. But it made less money than the original?! How?

        Simple: you can never replicate the sensation of surprise. People walked out of Star Wars having to put their heads back together, such was the shock of how good what they’d just seen was. Thus they walk into Empire expecting it’ll be very good. Then, when the film ends, they walk out relieved that it was good, rather than celebrating the enormous high.

        Look at something like Jurassic Park and The Lost World (which would have made more money had it adhered to the novel on which it was based, rather than King Kong). We’d seen the dinosaurs before. Seeing them again became a bit passe.

        I doubt Avatar will have the same sort of repeat business because the saturation that will occur will largely derive from the original. What will people watch before seeing the sequel? The original. What will they put on if they want a Pandora fix? The original. They won’t need to leave the house to get a second look at the characters, world etc. Now, plenty of people will go back for a second, third and fourth look, but with the prevalence of 3D cinema so great, that particular experience isn’t as fresh as it was in 2009.

        There’d have been people who saw Avatar 2D, spoke to friends and were convinced to see it 3D. Alternatively, there’d be people who saw it 3D who wanted to check it out without the glasses on.

        Now every big film is available in 2 or 3D, people have had time to weigh up whether they think they get value for money from 3D or enjoy the experience it brings.

      • JBug

        I could just take a couple of excerpts from you comments and piece together that research article you said should be written. I think you pretty accurately described the phenomenon.

      • Agent777

        I think there was a degree of inflation, hype, and idiocy. But you know it grossed more than Wizard of Oz right? So I guess it’s better?

        Seriously, even after the preguel trilogy I hear people talk about the new Star Wars, you don’t hear anyone (and I mean noraml people, so not any us) talk about Avatar movies, other than how redicuous they think the movie was.

      • Dave

        @Scullibundo:disqus , @manchegocheese:disqus :
        Do you guys I say: Thank god there are still some people on here, who know how to write comments! Better to read then many articles on the internet (I’m looking at this Zerg-net shit so prominently featured here on Collider). Keep up the good work!

      • Colin Christian

        I loved Avatar. Yes, the story we had seen before,but he wrapped it up in environmentalism and colonialism,two thing still on everyone’s mind,tech vs nature,little guys fighting the big corporations? A little heavy handed,sure,but it was notes that everyone on the planet understood,how many movies can really do that?

      • MJ

        LOL. People who make a habbit of doubting Cameron usually wind up eating crow. It’s just dumbass to bet against him. He has an incredible ability to make movies that hit the pulse of the public.

      • Urk

        U moron with yer stupid plot comparison to other movies and Avatar as if that makes it bad. EVERY movie can be compapred to another and they hit or miss on and off…it means nothing. go shake yer head until it falls the fuck off cuz avatar 2 will see YOU first in line openeing day….get yer money ready bitch.

      • Manchego Cheese

        You are living proof that you can keep conversation as civil and balanced as possible and one hero will always emerge to pick a fight.

        Of course things can be derivative, its almost inescapable. There are only so many stories, after all. The point I was trying to make was Avatar wasn’t anything spectacular on that front.

        I get that the visuals were the thing that popped the most and kept people coming back, but for a film to generate so much money based upon a tech that wasn’t that great (3D) and a story that was wafer thin is remarkable.

        The amount of repeat business it would have done would be off the charts. I have no answers as to what kept bringing people back – just questions.

      • Manchego Cheese

        In all fairness, Avatar’s success is kind of unquantifiable. Whenever the topic of Avatar comes up I sort of just shake my head and try to come to terms with it all.

        $2.8b worldwide for a live action Fern Gully/Pocahontas hybrid ? *That* much money for a film that is good, but nothing else. Extraordinary.

        I loved that Avatar’s promotional material stressed the return of Cameron by citing his other films. As “from the director of…” flashed up and was followed by “Terminator”, “Aliens”, “True Lies”, “Titanic” etc most laypeople would’ve gone “oh, wow, he’s done some great films” but in no way could anyone – fox included – have been prepared for what followed.

        The decision to put the 3D aspect front and centre was clever too, heralding the film as the first proper exponent of that art.

        Nothing about it was revolutionary the way the original Star Wars was, culturally or technologically. 3D had been done before – admittedly not using those cameras – as had fully CG pictures, as had motion capture… but it arrived and everyone was convinced cinema had changed and a new age of artistry had arrived.

        Whoever was responsible for manipulating the marketplace into being convinced it was the unmissable movie event of the year would surely be a wealthy, wealthy individual now. Their work was first class.

        Still, its hard to fathom so many years out that the film was so popular.

        If it were a Star Wars episode film I’d back the Galaxy Far, Far Away to trump Avatar 2 everyday of the week. A spin-off has more variables to it.

        I stress Avatar is a good film, an enjoyable film, but surely lightning won’t strike twice. Personally I’ve forgotten quite a lot about it, but for some striking images. 7 years between sequels worked once before for Jim, I suppose…

      • JBug

        I think the question is which is a bigger franchise. IMO, Star Wars is a much bigger franchise. Avatar seems like it was more of a fad. I don’t think there are as many people in the world who love Avatar as there are people who bleed Star Wars. Avatar was an experience. Star Wars is a religion. If they went up against each for opening weekend, I think Star Wars would win by a comfortable margin. Disney probably thinks the same. I doubt they didn’t notice Avatar for that date.

      • Scullibundo

        Avatar isn’t about opening weekends. It’s about second, third, fourth and fifth weekends with miniscule drops. But make no mistake, Avatar 2 will have a big opening weekend. But its success – like Cameron’s last two films, come from legs and word of mouth.

      • JBug

        You’re right that it’s not just about opening weekends, which is why it’s not a big deal for Disney to slot Star Wars at that date. It’s guaranteed to be a smash either way. If anything, Star Wars will take a bite out of Avatar and not the other way around.

      • Scullibundo

        The problem is that Disney will have half the number of screens it wants (especially IMAX) if it opens against Avatar. Neither film prospers, but in the long run (because it is the holidays after all), Disney will lose out much more.

      • JBug

        That’s a valid point about screens, but don’t forget that December is gift giving/buying season, and a film like Star Wars makes its money of merchandise. December is a must for them.

      • Manchego Cheese

        Absolutely. The licensing side of the business will be licking their lips. Kids walk out, enraptured by the spectacle, past the toy shop that has all the new gear… Christmas becomes pretty easy for mum and da- I mean Santa.

    • MoviesAreForever88

      …what’s wrong with that date?

      • Scullibundo

        See above.

    • MarvelWatch

      Why, because Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 is going to provide so much competition for it?

      (To be more clear: Fox moved Alvin 4 there last week, which they would not have done if their big blue aliens had a claim on that date.)

  • tyler

    This means we won’t see the dark Sith lord till the 3rd act fellas.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Still means it will be one hell of a 3rd act though.

  • tyler

    A sure fire way to get John Travolta to quit smoking cigs.

  • rhizomeman

    He seems like a competent director, but I wouldn’t describe it as an “inspired” choice. Godzilla was good fun, nothing more or less.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Godzilla wasn’t good fun until the last 10 minutes, I’m not really sure what it was before that.

      • rhizomeman

        Oh well…we’ll have to agree to disagree.

      • Sad Godzilla

        I’ll have to agree with RiddleThemThis, Godzilla was a terrible movie until the last part when we actually got to see Godzilla doing something before the camera would tease us and cut away. Worst movie I have seen this year.

      • nick

        How many movies have you seen this year man. What does alien jaws close encounters jurassic park have in common. They dont give away the creature until an hour in the movie. Great decsion badass movie best ive seen all year!!!

      • Agent777

        Dude, that’s a Godzilla movie. If you know jack about the franchise, do some research then. People are shocked when they see a classic Godzilla movie and it actually has a engaging cast and a big human plot.

    • MoviesAreForever88

      I hated Godzilla more than most. However, Godzilla’s biggest flaw was the horrendous script, not the direction. Gareth has a LOT of potential to be a great director, with wonderful traits that are both visually and aesthetically intriguing. However, a director is only as good as the script he is given….and Godzilla was terrible.
      I’m assuming this script will be much, much better than Godzilla’s…so I’m actually quite curious to see what Edwards can bring to the table for the “expanded universe.” Having said that, I wouldn’t want him anywhere near the primary storyline of the new trilogy.
      As long as J.J. continues on as the director of the new trilogy for episodes VIII and IX (and beyond), I don’t mind who they get for the spin-offs. They can experiment all they want with different people…as long as they are an inspired choice with some talent. I think this is an interesting first choice.

      • Agent777

        Haha, you lost your point when you point the Abrams as somehow being better than Edwards.

        But I know what your going to say.

        “But he make more money, he made alot of money, he make alot of money”

        We can only hope the last films in his trilogy is as beloved as the last episodes of Lost ;)

    • mbmarquis69

      “Godzilla was good fun, nothing more or less.”

      In other words, exactly what you expect from a Godzilla movie.

    • mbmarquis69

      “Godzilla was good fun, nothing more or less.”

      In other words, exactly what you expect from a Godzilla movie.

  • Person

    So I guess he won’t be doing Godzilla 2. Kind of a bummer, since they’ll probably bring in a vision-less journeyman to just get a sequel out as soon as possible.

    • Adam Chitwood

      He’s still doing Godzilla 2, just after Star Wars. Thomas Tull released a statement on the matter, which we’ve added to the updated article.

      • Person

        Didn’t see that, thanks. Good news.

  • Manchego Cheese

    Did he really “bring something fresh and inventive to the blockbuster tentpole genre”?

    • Adam Chitwood

      I’d call his approach fresh. He opted not to overload audiences with 2 hours of all-out CG action, instead teasing out the “money shot” with a fantastic sense of anticipation.

      • Manchego Cheese

        Yeah, I suppose so.

        But still, I think that was more a money thing than anything else.

        Think about it: for how long is the action referred to, obscured greatly (shots of them fighting or moving on a small, grainy TV) or only the aftermath is shown (Vegas comes to mind for this one, we see the monster moving further away from a ruined city)? Its cheaper to do it that way, less effects shots.

        By the end I was frustrated that so much of the film was the monsters moving through thick clouds or off camera entirely.

        Its just not cost effective to have so much of the monsters, naturally, but the way they did it frustrated me greatly.

      • Adam Chitwood

        Don’t think it was a money issue. Warner Bros. and Legendary certainly aren’t cheap. It was a deliberate choice on Edwards’ part to make the audience anticipate seeing the full creature. A lot of Jaws/Jurassic Park influence in his approach.

        To each his own, but I thought Edwards had a great take.

      • replying to idiots

        No disrespect, but your comment doesn’t make sense. What director really would have opted for two hours of all out CG action? What studio could afford that? And I’m pretty sure even in the first TF, Michael Bay did some suspenseful shots before actually revealing the Transformers.

        PS: Also his approach isn’t really that fresh since it was done in Cloverfield (and to much better effect).

      • JBug

        It was only in the first TF that Bay did suspenseful shots before the reveal. That’s why it’s the best one.

      • replying to idiots

        And to be fair, why should there be suspenseful shots in any sequels really? We know what they look like, we want to see them fight right away (or at least I do).

        If Edwards does direct Godzilla 2 and does the exact same type of pacing, I’m not paying to see it. Ill watch it online and give it another mediocre score on IMDB.

      • Agent777

        Why do you think there would be suspenseful shots in a sequel? Because there may be suspense in the story? Bride of Frankenstein, Godfather 2, and Empire Strikes Back were loaded with suspense, often exceeding the first.

      • Agent777

        Oh I get it, your a high schooler. Sorry to have bothered you,

      • mbmarquis69

        “And to be fair, why should there be suspenseful shots in any sequels really?”

        Because suspense and anticipation are far more interesting to anyone with an attention span longer than the typical 6-year-old.

      • Agent777

        1) 90% of SPFX films are bloated with mindless CGI

        2) JJ Abrahms Star Trek movies = CGI and Lens flares

        3) Cloverfield monster IS a rip off of the Godzilla monster Orga

        4) Cloverfield is a bad rip off of Godzilla

        5) Godzilla is the longest running franchise ever and Edwards getting it going again is a big effing deal

      • mbmarquis69

        “Michael Bay did some suspenseful shots before actually revealing the Transformers.”

        What you call suspenseful I call 5 minutes. The first transformer is revealed pretty spectacularly in the very beginning of the first movie.

      • mbmarquis69

        “Michael Bay did some suspenseful shots before actually revealing the Transformers.”

        What you call suspenseful I call 5 minutes. The first transformer is revealed pretty spectacularly in the very beginning of the first movie.

  • MAC

    I’ll be honest here; I’ll be more happy to have him do GODZILLA 2…!
    Star Wars can be done a million other directors!
    Don’t like this Disney strategy of pulling out film makers out of their franchises (JJ & now him) just cuz it’s STAR WARS! Of course they’ll come, but Paramount & WB developed these guys & gave them big breaks!
    They should give some one doing his “monsters” a chance!
    Love Nolan integrity towards WB, they gave his full reigns & he’s pulled them into interstellar!

    & isn’t Christmas 2016 AVATAR-2′s date!

    • JBug

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think WB traded Intertellar to Legendary for BvS: DOG (not that it detracts from your valid point).

  • Michael N.

    So why is the guy that wrote the screenplays for Book of Eli and After Earth getting the chance to be part of a star wars film. WTF is wrong with Hollywood. Seeing Gareth Edwards is directing is nice. But other than this has disaster written all over it.

    • Manchego Cheese

      It mustn’t be based purely on the work they’ve delivered, but conversations, back alley deals etc.

      I mean, what other explanation is there for the writer of Jumper, XXX: State of the Union, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and X-Men 3 getting jobs working on Star Wars, new X-Men films, the Fantastic Four reboot…

      I thought the same thing: ‘you’re hiring the guy that wrote those two films to write a film you hope will make upwards of $600m… probably closer to $800m… ok.’

      • JBug

        With no knowledge of how things work at the producer level at Disney, I imagine they are merely looking for writers who are schooled and somewhat seasoned. I think they have a select few architects at the top with whom Disney has a lot of faith in. These few are entrusted with the overall tone and stories, and they use the writers as basic manpower while being micromanaging their work to ensure a basic level of quality. That seems to be how Marvel is working. I wouldn’t be surprised if they model star wars with the same philosophy.

        I think it works with Marvel as long as the writing and directing are serviceable. The consistency makes these franchises a pleasure to follow and must see features.

      • Manchego Cheese

        For sure. Like I said, he’s probably a super enthusiastic, nice guy who loves the material. I don’t mean he’s a mercenary, a guy who’ll take a bunch of studio notes and collate them without any of his own personality, but opportunities are rarely given to arseholes.

        As an aside, I really hope they look at doing an Obi-Wan film. Preferably as a young man making his way in the Jedi order.

  • Al

    Over saturating bastards.

  • Cosmourge of Collider

    Within reason, anything’s better than Jar Jar (L)Abram(-under-the-misapprehension-that-he-won’t-cock-up-our-beloved-saga-oh-and-p.s.-the-EU-blows-it-out-of-the-water-okay-it-had-its-boring-silly-wooden-and-yes-slackjawing-moments-but-honestly-you’re-talking-about-stretching-a-dynamic-visual-story-out-to-novel-length-over-and-over-again-and-having-to-fill-it-with-some-pretty-outrageous-conceits-but-despite-the-NJO-the-comics-were-good-weren’t-they!-and-Abrams’-film-is-going-to-shite-on-any-merit-to-come-from-the-screenplay-and-that’s-my-prediction-so-fuck-off-all-the-hater)s!

  • Kyle Chandler

    “Book of Eli and After Earth screenwriter Gary Whitta is writing the script for Edwards’ spinoff”

    -Oy. This is fine directing choice but who knows what kind of turd he’ll have to polish to make it into a decent star wars film.

  • Kyle Chandler

    “Book of Eli and After Earth screenwriter Gary Whitta is writing the script for Edwards’ spinoff”

    -Oy. This is fine directing choice but who knows what kind of turd he’ll have to polish to make it into a decent star wars film.

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  • Strong Enough

    Gary Whitta bwawawawawawa

  • Dave

    Godzilla was the Phantom Menace of Godzilla movies. I guess that makes him qualified.

    • DEADP00L

      You lost the plot completely.

  • HeSaidSheSaidMv

    The Star Wars universe is so big and theoretically should be open to all kinds of stories, but this one a year thing is no good. Overkill is putting it lightly.

  • Alboone

    This is really good news. I hope it’s an Obi Wan story with Ewan McGregor. You can do so much with him post ep.3. Did he get married? Did he encounter another sith? The possibilities are endless.

  • Alboone

    This is really good news. I hope it’s an Obi Wan story with Ewan McGregor. You can do so much with him post ep.3. Did he get married? Did he encounter another sith? The possibilities are endless.

  • Davis

    Gary Whitta

    What? This guy is awful. The same guy who the Akira screenplay complete disaster

  • Drake

    This all sounded fine and dandy, even exceptional – until this sentence: Lucasfilm notes that Book of Eli and After Earth screenwriter Gary Whitta is writing the script for Edwards’ spinoff.

    How do people like Whitta, Skip Woods, and Evan Daugherty keep getting hired?

    • DEADP00L

      Writers strike killed a lot of promising writers careers I’m guessing.

    • Person

      Because they bend to the will of studio execs, giving them what they want with minimal fuss while collecting fat paychecks. It’s really very simple.

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  • Seth

    How about Matthew Vaughn? Or Brad Bird? Give Joseph Kosinski a good script and he could nail it. If they’re going to be churning out these spin-offs, I would be much more excited for these things if they got some excellent directors. Can’t really comment on Edwards … haven’t seen Godzilla yet.

    • The Flobbit

      All those people have stuff they’re doing. Edwards doesn’t. Plus, he works on the cheap, is extremely efficient, can cast well, shoot well, and is a solid choice. I would like Bird or Cuaron to tackle it, but Edwards is just fine too.

    • DEADP00L

      I trust Edwards he was excellent with Godzilla and I hope he stays that way.

  • MJ

    Can we just get one F’ing good normal SW film first before the cash grab, please. The last really good SW film was 31 years ago.

    • DEADP00L

      I blame the fans. If you guys had just let that franchise go and stopped asking Lucas to make more we all would have been spared this and the prequels!

      • MJ

        You know, in retrospect, I think you are right.

  • DEADP00L

    I don’t want Edwards on this I want him on Godzilla! I seriously dread the day this guys promise gets sucked away by the studio leaches.

  • eternalozzie

    I really hope they focus on some new characters and don’t keep rehashing old ones

  • dolphin558

    The scripts for Avatar 2/3/4 are finished with the sequels releasing in December 2016-December 2018. It’s inevitable one of the SW films (standalone or episode) will go up against a sequel. Avatar remains the top grossing film of alltime (unadjusted). Can you say Clash of the Titans?

  • herpderp

    I hope they get some consistancy in the look if the new trilogy and the spinoffs. One doing a lot of cgi aliems vs another doing practical effects would be weird

  • Adam Collins

    Great, we will have a Star Wars film with no light sabres or action until the last 10 minutes….

    • DEADP00L

      Godzilla had more screen time than Darth Vader did in A New Hope and
      there was no lightsaber fighting in that one but for one brief scene and
      no other lightsaber fights until the end of Empire. You want action for
      the sake of it – stick to Michael Bay. Hypocrites!

      • Adam Collins

        Thank you for taking this to the next level of nerd-ism.

      • DEADP00L

        You are very welcome!

  • Agent777

    Geninuly excited… for more Godzilla movies after this is out of the way.

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    star wars series is going back?

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  • Strifeshadow

    Disney is overreaching. Make sure the Abrams movie rocks as much as possible first, then focus on spin-offs.

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