Aww yea. They had hinted about something like this when talking about the new direction the franchise was going. And now they are backing it up! A new stand alone movie is being directed by Gareth Edwards (who directed the new Godzilla movie) and has background in Visual Effects. The screenplay is being written by Gary Whitta (After Earth, The Book of Eli). The film is due out December 16, 2016.
"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,” -- Gareth Edwards.
Say what you want about the new Godzilla film, but I thought the movie was incredibly well done. The acting was a bit melodramatic for my taste, but that's more in line with my problems with the disaster-movie-genre. As far as those types of films go it's a technical masterpiece, and has a very unique take on the Godzilla story, the repeated folly of man thinking it can control nature, Easter Eggs hidden throughout, and visuals that made the creatures and the devastation they wrought real. Looking at Mr. Edwards IMDB, he has credits in the Visual Effects world. Knowing what we know about Star Wars and its technology, and the various creatures that make it so wonderful, I think he will thrive in bringing the exotic species we've come to know and love to life. I think he has a fresh enough view on film-making that he will adapt to the style of a contemporary science fiction film.
So, in short, I'm incredibly optimistic about this "side" project. I think it will be unique from J.J's larger-than-life undertaking, and should be a fun addition to the new Star Wars universe.
You can read the full article here.
(Thanks to Muz for sharing the link)
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