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Info 101: Movieclips 198: Godzilla brings big break for Gareth Edwards

The director of this successful film will soon be attached to the Star Wars franchise.
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Gareth Edwards directed the remake of "Godzilla" which has been in theaters for just over one week. It has already made almost all of its money back and is guaranteed to turn a good profit, especially after it goes to DVD/Blu-ray. In the wake of this success, Edwards is reaping the rewards in a big way. He is under contract to direct two Godzilla sequels plus LucasFilms is knocking on his door to direct one of the three Star Wars spin-off films.

Naturally, very few details are available now. The Godzilla films, for example, could be original scripts intended to take the franchise in new directions or they could be remakes of earlier sequels. "Destroy All Monsters" and "Godzilla Raids Again" have been mentioned as two films that deserve remakes. Others include "Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla" and "Godzilla vs. Mothra". One very interesting possibility would be "Godzilla vs. King Kong" but that could be a very sticky deal trying to secure rights between the two franchises now. Expensive, too.

Far more interesting is Disney's intent to attach Edwards to the Star Wars project. Everyone knows that new spin-off films will be released between installments of the new trilogy. No one will say which one Edwards has been assigned but it already has a release date of Dec. 16, 2016, one year after "Star Wars: Episode VII" hits theaters.

The project is said to be a stand-alone film but that means nothing in this world of sequels, prequels, reboots, re-imaginings, etc. There are three possibilities. One could be a story about Yoda's early years. One would focus on a young Han Solo. One would focus on a young Boba Fett. Further speculations imagine combining the latter two into one film and developing another character for the third film.

No matter how it goes, Edwards is very excited and ready to get to work. He's already proven he can tackle "larger-than-life" subjects. It should be interesting to wait out the details.

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