Fairy tale stories don’t just happen in the world of film. For Gareth Edwards, his dreams and aspirations literally just came to fruition after being offered to direct one of the stand-alone Star Wars films. Rumor is it will be the Boba Fett feature. Edwards said the original Star Wars was the reason he became a filmmaker:
Star Wars is definitely the reason that I wanted to become a film-maker. Actually, Star Wars made me want to go and blow up the Death Star and join the rebel alliance, but when I gradually learned that there was no such thing and that it was all one big lie called A Film, I thought: well, if I can’t go and do those things, then the second best option is that I’ll become a liar and I’ll make films too and tell those lies to kids, and they can hate me like I hated George Lucas. So that’s what I ended up doing.
Gareth Edwards was a visual effects artist who went on to make the independent hit, Monsters, in which he did created the visual effects, wrote, and directed. From there he was offered the highly anticipated reboot of Godzilla, which was a commercial and critical success. Now after only two full feature films, he will have the chance to direct a film that takes place in the universe where his journey began.
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.
Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year’s smash hit Godzilla.
“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 honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” said Edwards.
Gary Whittas screenwriting credits include 2010s The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead.
Whitta states, “From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth,is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.”