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‘Godzilla’ Director Gareth Edwards To Helm ‘Star Wars’ Spin-off Set For 2016 Release

'Godzilla' Director Gareth Edwards To Helm 'Star Wars' Spin-off Set For 2016 Release

The career of Gareth Edwards is one that would make a film school student envious. His first film, “Monsters,” was a labor of love, made on a shoestring budget, with the VFX largely done a laptop. The result? A solid indie highlighting a director with a real sense of mood and craft. That effort found him leveraged into the blockbuster “Godzilla,” and no matter what you thought of it, the movie was a huge smash, opening last weekend over $90 million at the box office. So what does Edwards do next? He’s doing to Disneyland. Kinda.

THR reports that he’ll direct one of the upcoming “Star Wars” spin-offs. Of course, given the shroud of secrecy around those movies, it’s not clear which one it will be, but rumors abound. Earlier this week, fanboys were stirred when a random German site, Star Wars Union (via Nerdist), claimed that a recent Hasbro training presentation revealed the following feature film plan:

Fall 2014: Rebels [animated series]
2015: Episode VII
2016: Boba Fett
2017: Episode VIII
2018: Solo
2019: Episode IX
2020: Red Five

Again, those are just rumored titles and it’s not clear which installment will fall Edwards’ way. But the film has been given a December 16, 2016 release date (which means the Boba Fett movie is those aforementioned plans are accurate) and will be penned by Gary Whitta whose credits include “After Earth” and “Book Of Eli.” Uh … great …

And while Edwards is attached to helm the brewing “Godzilla” sequel as well as “Godzilla 3,” they don’t even have scripts yet and are thus way off. All that said, we like the choice, and Edwards has good blockbuster instincts. Give him a better script than he got with “Godzilla,” and a cast that doesn’t involve Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and we think he could make something unique.

Which one do you want to see him do?

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Comments

Destroyah

Gareth Edwards is yet another self-impressed noob director who thinks he's the star, not the main characters of his movie–even when they're as big as GODZILLA. Star Wars has become nothing but the biggest sell-out franchise of all time, so it's a good fit. Please Gareth, make more Star Wars movies, and keep your hands off Godzilla.

Tim

Oh god, for the love of all that is holy, do NOT let the guy who directed the piece of shit that is Godzilla destroy Boba Fett.

willieparker

After Earth? Oh god.

Film Cutting

The guy could basically retire after those! All jokes aside, I think that's awesome news for Star Wars, because he brought something fresh and inventive to the blockbuster genre.

rodie

Please for the love if they do make a stand-alone Boba Fett movie, just ignore anything that was mentioned in the prequels and hint at other past origins/adventures rather than his childhood as the clones of Jango (shite). Start with him clawing his way out of the Pit of Carcoon, near death and stranded in the dessert. What first scene that would be!

Arod

What's Red Five?

Fong

Instead of using their new found clout to broaden their filmmaking prowess and push less overtly marketable films forward into productions, rising young directors like Mark Webb and Gareth Edwards are choosing to permanently confine themselves to the hamster wheel of studio blockbusters. Unfortunately, today there'd be no Stanley Kubrick helmed "Lolita," "Dr. Strangelove," or "2001: A Space Odyssey," but instead an endless glut of spinoffs like "Julius Caesar: Enemies Within," "Spartacus 2: The Next Crucifixion," and "Crassus: Rise of the Golden Lamb."

Jwin

I'm confused. so there's the jj abrams movies and then this? how many star wars themed shows/movies are coming out in the next ten years? seems a bit unoriginal.

Vision

But Godzilla sucked, so this would be really premature.

Rod

his films are a bit uneven, but the parts that are good fu–in' soar! hmm, i wonder what character/alien race/planet this spin-off will tackle? bounty hunters maybe?

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