We knew we’d start hearing about the spin-off’s, but Lucasfilm dropped a bomb when they announced that red-hot director Gareth Edwards will be helming the first ever non-episodic Star Wars film. Edwards, whose Godzilla opened huge last week, will be returning to do a sequel to the blockbuster, but not before traveling to the realm of Star Wars to tackle a yet-to-be announced standalone film.
The film will be released on December 16, 2016, so it looks like these are going to be Christmas releases, which I love. I love that every year for Christmas I’m going to get a new Star Wars film. I also tend to think that this is NOT the Boba Fett film. Lawrence Kasdan has been writing that script and they pointedly announced another screenwriter. This would negate the Hasbro Leak that we’ve been mulling over this week. If I had to guess, I’d say Han Solo or Yoda; most likely Han. They might even get Ford to do flashbacks if necessary if they do that one first so that’s my bet.
I’m excited that Disney is going out and getting young, pumped film makers instead of just recycling names. Edwards sounds like he’s walking on clouds. Abrams has been super enthusiastic with Episode VII and you need that kind of passion. Find the directors who grew up idolizing these films and give them a chance to play in the sandbox. I’m very intrigued by the choice and I’m so pumped that all this Star Wars is coming up SO SOON! Continue reading Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards Will Direct the First Star Wars Spin-Off Film!