Gareth Edwards Will Direct The First Stand-Alone Star Wars Movie
Gareth Edwards' career has been on the up-and-up in recent years. His brilliant Godzilla reboot is killing it in the box office and now the British director has been announced as the director of Disney's first ever stand-alone Star Wars movie.
Edwards, who hit the radar of most sci-fi fans with his 2010 movie, Monsters, will now become one of the most-scrutinized directors in the entire genre having beaten off stiff competition to claim the director's chair for the 2016 release. LucasFilm have still not confirmed exactly who or what the movie will be about, but they did put out a glowing press-release to make the announcement.
"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 Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010's 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."
Edwards is of course no stranger to taking on huge projects, but I can't help but feel this will be his biggest yet, regardless of who the central character will be. However, Edwards seems to be one of the industry's genuine nice guys and even a fan-base as fervent and critical as the one that belongs to Star Wars will struggle to be critical of this recruitment.
As for what the movie will be about, many believe it will chart the making of the man known as Boba Fett. The Bounty Hunter that perished (or did he?) in the mouth of a Sarlac in Return of the Jedi has a cult following among Star Wars fans. Last week, rumors of a leaked Star Wars movie line-up emerged which seemed to confirm that Boba would be the subject of the December 2016 release. Those same rumors also suggested that the 2018 movie would follow Han Solo, while the 2020 release would be entitled 'Red Five'.
So what do you think? Is Edwards the man for the job? What do you want the subject of the first stand-alone movie to be? Let us know below.