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Gary Whitta no longer writing Star Wars standalone movie

01.09.2015

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There has been yet another shake up in the land of STAR WARS films. You may recall back in the fall of 2013 we told you that Michael Arndt, who worked on STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS for a year, exited over creative differences and J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan came on to make major rewrites. This time around it's Gary Whitta leaving the first STAR WARS spinoff movie which he and the director of the project, Gareth Edwards, have been working on for a year.

There doesn't seem to be too much drama going on here though, as THR's report shares positive comments from both Edwards and Whitta about their time together. Edwards says "I enjoyed working with him tremendously, I’m so grateful for all of his contributions."  Whitta added, "The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan I’m deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. The film is going to be amazing."

Whitta then took to Twitter to reveal his next project, an adaptation of Mark Millar’s STARLIGHT:

There are no official details on the STAR WARS spinoff as of yet but the last rumor claims that it will be a heist film that involves bounty hunters looking to steal the plans for the Death Star and that Aaron Paul could be starring. Whatever it’s about, Edwards showed a lot of promise with GODZILLA last year and that gives me a lot of optimism about what he will pull off with this material. Production should be starting this year for its anticipated December 16, 2016 release.

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Source: THR

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12:25PM on 01/12/2015
Stop it. This (and other tweets by him) suggest that he is done working on it, because he's finished with the script. He even tweeted a title page with his name on it. Please, Joblo, don't turn into CinemaBlend or any other click bait crap shoots. When Episode 7 wrapped production, there was no article saying "JJ Abrams no longer directing Star Wars"
Stop it. This (and other tweets by him) suggest that he is done working on it, because he's finished with the script. He even tweeted a title page with his name on it. Please, Joblo, don't turn into CinemaBlend or any other click bait crap shoots. When Episode 7 wrapped production, there was no article saying "JJ Abrams no longer directing Star Wars"
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4:58PM on 01/10/2015
Writer couldn't figure out why the director wanted to downplay the title character in the screenplay, and focus on a Storm Trooper trying to get back to Death Star 1.
Writer couldn't figure out why the director wanted to downplay the title character in the screenplay, and focus on a Storm Trooper trying to get back to Death Star 1.
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2:03AM on 01/10/2015
Its not a parting of the ways. He was only going to be involved with the movie to a certain point to begin with.
Its not a parting of the ways. He was only going to be involved with the movie to a certain point to begin with.
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9:18PM on 01/09/2015
Big movies get rewritten all the time. I know many will be quick to jump on Whitta for writing After Earth, but somehow, I don't think he was primarily to blame for that.
Big movies get rewritten all the time. I know many will be quick to jump on Whitta for writing After Earth, but somehow, I don't think he was primarily to blame for that.
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