Star Wars 7 spin-off confirms Godzilla director

Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards to direct Star Wars spin-off as well as Godzilla 2

Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards
Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards

The first of Disney’s standalone Star Wars movies spinning off from Star Wars: Episode VII has lined up a writer/director duo.

According to a press release, Godzilla and Monsters director Gareth Edwards and Book Of Eli writer Gary Whitta are working on the first of these mystery films, which given Edwards’ track record is surely the Rancor solo film we’ve all been hoping for.

“Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life – join the Rebel Alliance!” said Edwards. “I could not be more excited and honuored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,”

Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for the Rancor
Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art for the Rancor

“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,” said Whitta. “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.”

As for those worrying about the Godzilla sequel, Edwards is still on board as Shock Till You Drop did some proper journalism and spoke to Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull.

“Gareth’s filmmaking talent makes him one of his generation’s most creative and visionary directors,” said Tull.

“The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would be a Star Wars installment? 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.

Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas 18 December 2015. You can buy Star Wars: The Complete Saga for £57.99 on Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk.