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

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 22, 2014 7:00 PM
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Gareth Edwards, Star Wars

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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  • Destroyah | May 25, 2014 11:02 AMReply

    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 | May 24, 2014 12:29 PMReply

    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 | May 23, 2014 3:18 PMReply

    After Earth? Oh god.

  • Film Cutting | May 23, 2014 8:25 AMReply

    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 | May 23, 2014 1:59 AMReply

    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!

  • 234234 | May 23, 2014 2:46 AM

    Good idea, but a huge insult to Lucas if true

  • hank | May 23, 2014 2:04 AM

    rumor has it that the Boba Fett stand alone film was set to take place between episode 3 and 4, and as written by Lawrence Kasdan, would begin with the now adult Boba Fett of the prequels being murdered by a man with no name, who then steals his armor and assumes his identity, becoming the Boba Fett we all knew from the original trilogy.

  • Arod | May 22, 2014 9:48 PMReply

    What's Red Five?

  • Arod | May 22, 2014 10:34 PM


    thanks, mate. a film focused on a space ship pilot or squadron's not a bad idea at all. not so certain about the boba fett one. i'd rather have one focus on all the bounty hunters. then again, it might.

  • hank | May 22, 2014 9:53 PM

    Red Five was the all sign of the fifth member of the red X-Wing squadron. A few different characters have used the call sign.

    Let's hope Gary Whitta is at least writing off of a Kasdan treatment.

  • Fong | May 22, 2014 9:22 PMReply

    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 | May 22, 2014 8:49 PMReply

    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 | May 22, 2014 8:02 PMReply

    But Godzilla sucked, so this would be really premature.

  • Rod | May 22, 2014 7:10 PMReply

    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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