Fresh off blockbuster box-office results with Godzilla (and a sequel on the way), Disney/Lucasfilm has announced that they are tapping director Gareth Edwards for the first of the Star Wars stand-alone films. These stand-alone films, announced in April of 2013, will hit theaters the year after the mainline Star Wars films (beginning with Star Wars VII on December 18, 2015).
Also announced today is that the screenplay wil be authored by Gary Whitta. Whitta wrote the screenplay for The Book of Eli, and also contributed to writing The Walking Dead videogame.
The currently untitled Star Wars stand-alone film with land in theaters December 16, 2016.
The folks at Legendary Pictures (Godzilla) had this to say about the news:
Updated to note:
For clarification, Edwards is still attached to the Godzilla sequel and apparently a third film!
""Gareth's filmmaking talent makes him one of his generation's most creative and visionary directors,” said Legendary Entertainment’s chairman and CEO Thomas Tull in a statement in response to the Star Wars hire. "The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars installment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe."
WME-repped Edwards is attached to direct Godzilla 2 and 3, but while story ideas exist, the Godzilla 2 project is still in early development and does not even have a script."