Godzilla director Gareth Edwards making Star Wars spin-off

News Simon Brew 22 May 2014 - 23:57

UPDATED: The next Star Wars film after Star Wars: Episode VII will land in December 2016.

UPDATE: It's all official. A posting at StarWars.com has revealed that "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".

Our original story follows.

The escalation of director Gareth Edwards' career continues. Following his wonderful low budget movie Monsters, he's steered Warner and Legendary's Godzilla reboot to critical acclaim and box office gold. And now he's been hired by Lucasfilm to direct one of the planned Star Wars spin-offs.

The move, which presumably puts him out of the running for Godzilla 2 (a project he remains attached to for the minute), will see him helm a project such as the Boba Fett (which is the likely choice) or rumoured Yoda and Han Solo spin-offs. We'd guess that this is the spin-off that Disney is lining up for release in 2016.

More news as we get it. And a hearty handshake to Mr Edwards...

The Hollywood Reporter.

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