Star Wars is on the way. While many anticipate the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, Lucasfilms has bigger plans for the galaxy far, far away. Since Episode VII was announced, there have been reports that Lucasfilms are planning on spin-off films to go along with the new chapter in the Star Wars saga. Now it seems these spin-offs are in fact a reality. In announcement from Lucasfilm, the studio have found two directors for their upcoming projects. The directors are Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta.
The name Gareth Edwards is no stranger to moviegoers. Edwards is known for his work on the film Monsters, but better known for his newly released blockbuster: Godzilla. The other director, Gary Whitta, may come off a little more unknown to casual moviegoers. Whitta directed the film Book of Eli back in 2010. In recent years, Whitta has been commended for his work on the Telltale game The Walking Dead. In the announcement, Lucasfilm made this statement:
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 & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm, said Edwards.
Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010s "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."
So now fans know that these films are coming and who will be working on them. Now a more pressing question must be ask: what will these spin-offs will be about. Only time will tell where the Star Wars universe goes from here. However, Star Wars fans can expect many things from the franchise in the nearby future.