By Matthew McKibben | May 24, 2014
According to The Guardian, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has been selected by Lucasfilm to helm the first post-George Lucas character spin-off movie, slated for release in December 2016. The lead character has not been revealed as of yet, however the rumors have it as Yoda, Han Solo, or Boba Fett. Edwards will be working from a script by Gary Whitta (After Earth, Book of Eli). Edwards commented, “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.” Godzilla producer Thomas Tull with Legendary Pictures also released a statement in support of Edwards: “Gareth’s film-making talent makes him one of his generation’s most creative and visionary directors. The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars instalment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe.”
I like this choice. While Godzilla had some weak moments, it was a pretty strong movie overall, especially in the visual spectacle department. Taking on the larger Star Wars Universe would be a bit much, I have no doubt in my mind that he’ll do a good job bringing what will be a more narrowly focused character story to the screen. And I like that Legendary Pictures has his back with the pick and will be bringing him back to Godzilla 2. Maybe he can have Godzilla fight the Rancor or something.