Gareth Edwards made his debut as a filmmaker with the monstrous 'Godzilla' reboot. -- AFP
Gareth Edwards has been given the chance to work his magic on one of sci-fi’s biggest film franchises.
Gareth Edwards, the man whose debut film Godzilla is on its way to becoming one of this year’s top blockbusters, has been chosen by Disney to work on a stand-alone Star Wars film.
This project is not part of the planned trilogy that begins with next year’s Star Wars: Episode VII from J.J. Abrams, which picks up where Return Of The Jedi left off 31 years ago.
Instead, this Star Wars movie – set to be released on Dec 16, 2016 – is part of a string of stand-alone films with individual plotlines that are not linked to the main Star Wars story. This could mean that new or previously unexplored characters would take centre stage instead of the ones that have already been featured in the six films.
This move could be a way for Disney, which bought Lucasfilm last year for a whopping US$4bil (RM12.8bil), to introduce young fans to the Star Wars phenomenon without having to first sit through six films. It is also a good way for life-long fans to explore different sides of the sci-fi universe.
“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 and honoured to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards in a statement release. The Book Of Eli scriptwriter will be writing the screenplay.
Meanwhile, Abrams’ Episode VII, which reportedly carries the working title The Ancient Fear, began shooting earlier this week in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This movie is set for a Dec 18, 2015 release.