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Godzilla's Gareth Edwards to direct the first Star Wars spinoff film!

May. 22, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Rumor no more! Not only has Disney/Lucasfilm now confirmed the release of standalone STAR WARS spinoff films, but now we know who will be directing the first entry. Gareth Edwards, who directed the currently playing box office bohemoth GODZILLA, is set to direct the first stand-alone film that will "offer new stories beyond the core Saga." Screenwriter Gary Whitta (THE BOOK OF ELI, AFTER EARTH) will write the film, which is set for a December 16, 2016 release date. No title or subject matter for the film has been announced.

Although there's been some divisiveness over the human characters in GODZILLA, Evans has been praised for his work in capturing the scope, tension, and excitement of the monster movie genre and will no doubt bring his unique vision to a galaxy far, far away.

"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, said Edwards.

Whitta, who has worked on two features as well as Telltale Games The Walking Dead, expressed his excitement as well, saying:

"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."

There is no doubt that this is exciting news, but now the question becomes whether this will in fact be the Boba Fett movie we have been led to believe, the Han Solo origin, or another project entirely.  What this most definitely means is that any sequel to GODZILLA will not be under the direction of Gareth Edwards.  Hopefully Warner Bros is secure enough in that franchise starter to work with what Edwards has started.

So, what do you think STAR WARS fans?  Do you like the choice of director?  STAR WARS: EPISODE VII comes to us December 18, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: I wonder when the next standalone director will be announced. And whether J.J. will be back for EPISODE VIII
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2:08PM on 05/24/2014
time to milk this cash-cow for all it's worth!!!
time to milk this cash-cow for all it's worth!!!
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7:16PM on 05/23/2014

50/50 chance

Gareth would fare better do his own script or outline. I think he relatively saved a bad script in Godzilla with some smart choices. As for Star Wars, he's a fan which helps but if you have no story / no compelling characters or struggle its kinda pointless. And you can take that to the bank.
Gareth would fare better do his own script or outline. I think he relatively saved a bad script in Godzilla with some smart choices. As for Star Wars, he's a fan which helps but if you have no story / no compelling characters or struggle its kinda pointless. And you can take that to the bank.
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12:46PM on 05/23/2014
Great choice for director, but the writer..After Earth and Book of Eli?
Great choice for director, but the writer..After Earth and Book of Eli?
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9:30AM on 05/23/2014
Thomas Tull is quoted in the Hollywood Reporter article as saying that Edwards was always contracted to direct another picture before the Godzilla sequel, but obviously no one expected it to be a Star Wars film. He goes on to say that they have big things in store for Godzilla and he'll be back for another one.

I'm fully on board with this news. The character work in Godzilla could have used some work (having Cranston and Watanabe team up, without any of the other younger cast, would have
Thomas Tull is quoted in the Hollywood Reporter article as saying that Edwards was always contracted to direct another picture before the Godzilla sequel, but obviously no one expected it to be a Star Wars film. He goes on to say that they have big things in store for Godzilla and he'll be back for another one.

I'm fully on board with this news. The character work in Godzilla could have used some work (having Cranston and Watanabe team up, without any of the other younger cast, would have been a better idea) but Edwards did a bang up job. As blockbuster films go, Godzilla was solid.
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4:52AM on 05/23/2014

da fuq

Of all the directors in the world..
Of all the directors in the world..
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2:30AM on 05/23/2014

Godzilla; monster disaster of a movie

Godzilla was mostly bad. Bad editing, bad sequences, average shots, weak story, poor scrpt and average performances that out weighted most of the positive. Put that with the writer of After Earth and that gives me little faith in this film.
Godzilla was mostly bad. Bad editing, bad sequences, average shots, weak story, poor scrpt and average performances that out weighted most of the positive. Put that with the writer of After Earth and that gives me little faith in this film.
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3:54AM on 05/23/2014
Hmmm. I share your concern re. Godzilla although I did enjoy Edward's Monsters so I feel he is a capable director. The script writer on the other hand is extremely worrying to me.
Hmmm. I share your concern re. Godzilla although I did enjoy Edward's Monsters so I feel he is a capable director. The script writer on the other hand is extremely worrying to me.
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2:05AM on 05/23/2014
Actually, there's an easy way to change Boba "going out like a bitch." Open his movie with him clawing his way out of the Pit of Carcoon, stranded and near death in the middle of the desert. That would be badass. Then where does he go from there? So many possibilities.
Actually, there's an easy way to change Boba "going out like a bitch." Open his movie with him clawing his way out of the Pit of Carcoon, stranded and near death in the middle of the desert. That would be badass. Then where does he go from there? So many possibilities.
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2:12AM on 05/23/2014
That's exactly what he did in the books, his armor saved him from the stomach acid lol, true story.
That's exactly what he did in the books, his armor saved him from the stomach acid lol, true story.
9:03AM on 05/23/2014
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1:48AM on 05/23/2014
It doesn't matter how bad ass they make Boba Fett, he still went out like a bitch. Their ain't no changing that.
It doesn't matter how bad ass they make Boba Fett, he still went out like a bitch. Their ain't no changing that.
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1:40AM on 05/23/2014

Idk how to feel about this

On one hand I'm happy to get Edwards off of Godzilla (hopefully) and to get someone more competent to continue that property. However, it sucks that he now has another opportunity to mess with an established fan favorite. I respect the fact that as a director it seems that Edwards is making the films that he wants to make, but that doesn't mean he is the right fit for these properties. He has A LOT more to learn about directing his actors and working with his script to render better results,
On one hand I'm happy to get Edwards off of Godzilla (hopefully) and to get someone more competent to continue that property. However, it sucks that he now has another opportunity to mess with an established fan favorite. I respect the fact that as a director it seems that Edwards is making the films that he wants to make, but that doesn't mean he is the right fit for these properties. He has A LOT more to learn about directing his actors and working with his script to render better results, but I guess when we look at it - SW has survived bad acting and shitty scripts in the past so.... :-/
Hopefully he has learned from his previous missteps and can have better teams around him to help encourage him to put out the best product.
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12:42AM on 05/23/2014

STAR WARS ORIGINS: SARLACC!!!

Other than the human characters, GODZILLA's pretty freakin' good, so I suspect he'll deliver a good action flick.

I'm more concerned about the screenwriter for AFTER EARTH.
Other than the human characters, GODZILLA's pretty freakin' good, so I suspect he'll deliver a good action flick.

I'm more concerned about the screenwriter for AFTER EARTH.
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10:47PM on 05/22/2014

Bored

I am just so fucking bogged down with all the BUZZ of Episode 7 that its, like jesus fucking christ give us a fucking break.. We are about to enter back into the most ground breaking universe and on top of it you throw this shit on us.. can we enjoy the fucking present film before we start worrying about this spinoff.Fuck all you fucking studios who cant' wait to stir up your own profit..As fans we need a fucking rest periodFUCK!
I am just so fucking bogged down with all the BUZZ of Episode 7 that its, like jesus fucking christ give us a fucking break.. We are about to enter back into the most ground breaking universe and on top of it you throw this shit on us.. can we enjoy the fucking present film before we start worrying about this spinoff.Fuck all you fucking studios who cant' wait to stir up your own profit..As fans we need a fucking rest periodFUCK!
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9:05AM on 05/23/2014
I kinda of agree in the sense of cap 2, Spidey 2, godzilla, xmen all being released pretty quickly - with the latter it seems like a poor choice to release them a week apart. However with that said, as far as I know, your just a movie fan like me. It's not your job to worry about films years away (nor is it logical when you only know the universe and the director). Of course we get involved with our beloved characters not being given justice, but these are pros, and pros at Disney with JJ as
I kinda of agree in the sense of cap 2, Spidey 2, godzilla, xmen all being released pretty quickly - with the latter it seems like a poor choice to release them a week apart. However with that said, as far as I know, your just a movie fan like me. It's not your job to worry about films years away (nor is it logical when you only know the universe and the director). Of course we get involved with our beloved characters not being given justice, but these are pros, and pros at Disney with JJ as the current "mastermind." Say what u want ab his individual films, he's capable of being in charge of the Star Wars universe. And look at Disney's record with the MCU - there's a couple films that are bad, but they aren't unwatchable bad. 2 of the "worst" films at least were trying something.
10:33PM on 05/22/2014
Well , I am now preparing myself for another "Phantom Menace" level awful film. Edwards couldn't make a single human character interesting if he had to gunpoint. He is a talentless hack, and I hope this proves too big for him and that he bows out.
Well , I am now preparing myself for another "Phantom Menace" level awful film. Edwards couldn't make a single human character interesting if he had to gunpoint. He is a talentless hack, and I hope this proves too big for him and that he bows out.
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12:22AM on 05/23/2014
Isn't it the writer that should make the characters interesting? Last time I checked Edwards didn't write Godzilla, and he's not writing this Star Wars film either. Clearly you haven't seen monsters, witch he did write. You literally have no taste and idea of what you are talking about.
Isn't it the writer that should make the characters interesting? Last time I checked Edwards didn't write Godzilla, and he's not writing this Star Wars film either. Clearly you haven't seen monsters, witch he did write. You literally have no taste and idea of what you are talking about.
1:32AM on 05/23/2014
While I don't necessarily wish the same level of misfortune upon Edwards as filmguy450, I definitely share his uneasiness. Jhowington32, If your argument for Edwards' competency as a writer is Monsters, then you've only proven filmguy450's point. So far Edwards has squandered great talent in TWO films and while I can appreciate his falling short on his own pet project Monsters, I think he is much more accountable and less forgivable when he drops the ball on a fan favorite like Godzilla, and
While I don't necessarily wish the same level of misfortune upon Edwards as filmguy450, I definitely share his uneasiness. Jhowington32, If your argument for Edwards' competency as a writer is Monsters, then you've only proven filmguy450's point. So far Edwards has squandered great talent in TWO films and while I can appreciate his falling short on his own pet project Monsters, I think he is much more accountable and less forgivable when he drops the ball on a fan favorite like Godzilla, and now even worse - Star Wars. His inadequate, though passionate, attempts at style-driven films have shown that he has unfortunately bitten off more than he can chew, and I would hate to see him construct as hollow a film in the SW universe as he had with Godzilla.
4:05AM on 05/23/2014
Gotta go with jhowington32 on this one. Each to their own of course but I found Monsters to be a good original movie and it's been a while but I remember being invested in the characters. Gives me a little hope. The script writer on the other hand....
Gotta go with jhowington32 on this one. Each to their own of course but I found Monsters to be a good original movie and it's been a while but I remember being invested in the characters. Gives me a little hope. The script writer on the other hand....
4:12PM on 05/23/2014
@Jhowington, I saw "Monsters" despised it. The two leads, virtually the only characters in the film, are terrible, awful, unlikable nitwits and spending 90-ish minutes with was torturous!

As for the script, that is my fault. I had thought that Edwards also wrote "Godzilla". More importantly, though, it's the director's job to bring the emotional truth of those hopefully interesting characters to life, and between his only two films, failed to do that in anyway, shape or form. His characters
@Jhowington, I saw "Monsters" despised it. The two leads, virtually the only characters in the film, are terrible, awful, unlikable nitwits and spending 90-ish minutes with was torturous!

As for the script, that is my fault. I had thought that Edwards also wrote "Godzilla". More importantly, though, it's the director's job to bring the emotional truth of those hopefully interesting characters to life, and between his only two films, failed to do that in anyway, shape or form. His characters consistently have weak motivations, poor backstories, and fail to react like any actual human. And the only character that almost had that is killed off early, so again, he fails.

His editing (along with whomever his editors were) skills are a joke, as he constantly cuts to the most awkward angles possible, that don't even look impressive/ cool/ etc (ie- in "Godzilla", there's a cut into inside of an office building, but not really looking out at the rubble, then we pan to the left and see a gaping hole and some helicopters fly by. The logistics of how that scene was put together give me an aneurysm just thinking about it because it's so illogical).

His cinematography abilites (again, with his DPs) are just as bad. "Epic pan down to some young girl we don't know yet!" -NEW SCENE, meaning that pan down was for it's own sake and doesn't work because we don't know this character- He does not understand how to move the camera in a way that allows us to either enter the headspace of the character (ie- constant jagged like edits throughout "Edge Of Darkness") nor does he understand how to underplay that stuff to better serve his characters, so both distract from each (not that it much matters, given his terrible characterizations. Seriously, why should I like/ care for/ be invested in a lead that calls his wife and states that everything is converging to the city where they live together and that he'll be there soon, knowing full well what he's bringing to the city and that the monsters want it? Why didn't he just tell his wife to leave the city for anywhere else on the planet? Because he's a douchebag, and thus 10000% unlikable).

@Gendo, thanks for understanding. I am truly baffled by how anyone enjoyed "Godzilla (2014)".

@Movie, for me "Monsters" had terrible characters, and since that's the entire film- these two horrendous people walking- I hated it. It did look good though. Far better than "Godzilla", I'll give it that much.

Even Lucas was able to wring some sympathy for his terribly written characters in "Episode 3", but I can't see Edwards doing that as he doesn't have the same grasp on the material (any material) so I am expecting a huge fail pile.
9:49PM on 05/22/2014
I hope it`s about Han Solo`s brother ,Dan Solo,hopefully played by Bryan Cranston.Sorry Temuera Morrison that phone call you`ve been waiting for all these years just ain`t going to happen.
I hope it`s about Han Solo`s brother ,Dan Solo,hopefully played by Bryan Cranston.Sorry Temuera Morrison that phone call you`ve been waiting for all these years just ain`t going to happen.
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9:33PM on 05/22/2014
I'd be more open to stand alone films after the primary episodic films have run their course. It just seems like there's going to be Star Wars overload with too many films having them at the same time. Hopefully this won't turn into Star Trek.
I'd be more open to stand alone films after the primary episodic films have run their course. It just seems like there's going to be Star Wars overload with too many films having them at the same time. Hopefully this won't turn into Star Trek.
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8:52PM on 05/22/2014
The Life and Times of the Opee Sea Killer. There's always a bigger fish!
The Life and Times of the Opee Sea Killer. There's always a bigger fish!
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8:39PM on 05/22/2014

NOOOO!!!! - Darth Vader

Is it TERRIBLE news for Disney?...NO. I understand coming off a big weekend that they want to get someone people like. Do I like the news?....Not one little bit and here's why. I was one of the 35% of the audience that 'overall' didn't like Godzilla. I enjoyed the mindless monster action a lot but I hated everything about the human characters. (SPOILERS ahead) Killing off Brian Cranston was a HUGE mistake. Even the people that liked the film thought that was bad of Edwards to do. He was
Is it TERRIBLE news for Disney?...NO. I understand coming off a big weekend that they want to get someone people like. Do I like the news?....Not one little bit and here's why. I was one of the 35% of the audience that 'overall' didn't like Godzilla. I enjoyed the mindless monster action a lot but I hated everything about the human characters. (SPOILERS ahead) Killing off Brian Cranston was a HUGE mistake. Even the people that liked the film thought that was bad of Edwards to do. He was the best character and they killed him off after 20 minutes. Other than him I thought everyone was pointless and the acting wasn't good. Here you have the main (Kick Ass actor) character thats disarms bombs for a living in the military. The audience is reminded of this throughout because he keeps saying it. But at the end he can't because a metal plate is jammed on it. And don't get me started on the 'Dark Knight Rises' ending that was soooo bad. How fast was that little boat moving that could have easily been pointed off course into land at any time? There were so many mistake they should have fixed but didn't. So Gareth Edwards would not be my pick at all to direct a Star Wars flick. At least let him do Godzilla 2 first to see what he does with that.
OH and there's one more other tidbit of this news that's bad. The release date is DECEMBER 16 2016. Wait... isn't another giant billion dollar franchise film coming out then too?... oh yeah, It's AVATAR 2. Hmmmm do I pick a James Cameron sci fi flick (because we all know how many movies a decade he makes) or a Gareth Edwards flick.
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12:27AM on 05/23/2014
Umm or people can see both films. Cry baby
Umm or people can see both films. Cry baby
8:50AM on 05/23/2014
It's actually been scientifically proven that if you just send an atomic/nuclear bomb away from a major city, that it will never end up hurting the white people. At worst, it might hit some place filled with brown people (which really isn't so bad - might even be considered a win-win).

Didn't the film specifically tell the lead there were no escape plans? I didn't even notice the rest of the ship got killed, I just saw they were gone and there were bodies, so I assumed I blinked or
It's actually been scientifically proven that if you just send an atomic/nuclear bomb away from a major city, that it will never end up hurting the white people. At worst, it might hit some place filled with brown people (which really isn't so bad - might even be considered a win-win).

Didn't the film specifically tell the lead there were no escape plans? I didn't even notice the rest of the ship got killed, I just saw they were gone and there were bodies, so I assumed I blinked or something.

I pretty much exactly agree with you, except I'll go see both films unless one has terrible word of mouth. I prolly don't go in the same weekend, but I'll go while they are out
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8:38PM on 05/22/2014
That confident in the guy huh? So far Disney has been good with picking directors for their Marvel brand, here's hoping they are as successful with the Star Wars franchise.
That confident in the guy huh? So far Disney has been good with picking directors for their Marvel brand, here's hoping they are as successful with the Star Wars franchise.
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8:34PM on 05/22/2014
Glad for Edwards. Hopefully he kills it.
Glad for Edwards. Hopefully he kills it.
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8:31PM on 05/22/2014
Gareth, awesome, seems like the perfect gifted new director for the job. Unfolding the Star Wars universe a la Marvel movie-verse is a great idea. I don't think Whitta should be blamed for After Earth, Shyamalan has proved his ability to fuck up even stories as foolproof as the Last Airbender. He was probably hired by the Smiths to tell the bonehead scientologist story the way they wanted it told anyway.
Gareth, awesome, seems like the perfect gifted new director for the job. Unfolding the Star Wars universe a la Marvel movie-verse is a great idea. I don't think Whitta should be blamed for After Earth, Shyamalan has proved his ability to fuck up even stories as foolproof as the Last Airbender. He was probably hired by the Smiths to tell the bonehead scientologist story the way they wanted it told anyway.
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7:46PM on 05/22/2014
Is it about a Rancor????
Is it about a Rancor????
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7:51PM on 05/22/2014
I think it will be a movie about the Sarlacc, Before it ate boba fett. Sarlacc:The Untold story
I think it will be a movie about the Sarlacc, Before it ate boba fett. Sarlacc:The Untold story
8:55PM on 05/22/2014
Oh I can see that. It would be like the true story on why Ponda Baba arm got cut off by Obi Wan in the Cantina, mainly cuz of his homeboy joking around with Luke. I'm down. I want to see a cameo by the six breasted species.
Oh I can see that. It would be like the true story on why Ponda Baba arm got cut off by Obi Wan in the Cantina, mainly cuz of his homeboy joking around with Luke. I'm down. I want to see a cameo by the six breasted species.
7:43PM on 05/22/2014
I was excited until I realized that this probably means he won't be back to direct any more Godzilla films. I'm sure he'll do a great job with this film, but I would rather have seen him stayed with the Godzilla franchise.
I was excited until I realized that this probably means he won't be back to direct any more Godzilla films. I'm sure he'll do a great job with this film, but I would rather have seen him stayed with the Godzilla franchise.
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8:28PM on 05/22/2014
He's supposedly still signed on for Godzilla 2 & 3.
He's supposedly still signed on for Godzilla 2 & 3.
7:29PM on 05/22/2014
Gary Whitta? Is Disney fucking high?
Gary Whitta? Is Disney fucking high?
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7:40PM on 05/22/2014
Did they not see After Earth?
Did they not see After Earth?
8:05PM on 05/22/2014
EXACTLY. It's like letting the guy who wrote Super Mario Bros write Star Wars...
EXACTLY. It's like letting the guy who wrote Super Mario Bros write Star Wars...
8:55PM on 05/22/2014
Come to think of it, they might be better off with the guy that wrote Super Mario Bros...
Come to think of it, they might be better off with the guy that wrote Super Mario Bros...
9:05PM on 05/22/2014
Steven De Souza, who wrote Super Mario Bros, also wrote the first Die Hard.

EDIT: Whoops, disregard that.
Steven De Souza, who wrote Super Mario Bros, also wrote the first Die Hard.

EDIT: Whoops, disregard that.
9:15PM on 05/22/2014
Holy shit Jedd, did not know that.
Holy shit Jedd, did not know that.
11:45PM on 05/22/2014
Sorry, totally got my facts wrong! My bad. Steven De Souza didn't do Super Mario Brothers, he did Street Fighter. He's written a whole ton of stuff and has got quite a mix in his filmography. There's stuff like Hudson Hawk and hte 1995 Judge Dredd but also 48 Hrs. and Die Hard 1 and 2. Anyway, the point I was attempting to make is it's hard to pinpoint the contributions of an individual screenwriter in big blockbusters, especially when the writer isn't also the director and when there are
Sorry, totally got my facts wrong! My bad. Steven De Souza didn't do Super Mario Brothers, he did Street Fighter. He's written a whole ton of stuff and has got quite a mix in his filmography. There's stuff like Hudson Hawk and hte 1995 Judge Dredd but also 48 Hrs. and Die Hard 1 and 2. Anyway, the point I was attempting to make is it's hard to pinpoint the contributions of an individual screenwriter in big blockbusters, especially when the writer isn't also the director and when there are almost always many uncredited rewrites. I think Catwoman had like 28 writers or something. So I'm usually hesitant to blame the screenwriter (except when it's Skip Woods).
8:39AM on 05/23/2014
Ya agree with the concerns, but also with Jedd. M Night and/or Will Smith were going to strong arm any "ideas" or "input" he had and take what they liked from his script. I have a friend who wrote a big budget film with the leading actor - a comedic actor - and they both got writing credits, I don't think anyone else really contributed to actually writing the script (the movie bombed, and kinda ended both their careers in a way), but he wasn't really consulted on set or apart of the
Ya agree with the concerns, but also with Jedd. M Night and/or Will Smith were going to strong arm any "ideas" or "input" he had and take what they liked from his script. I have a friend who wrote a big budget film with the leading actor - a comedic actor - and they both got writing credits, I don't think anyone else really contributed to actually writing the script (the movie bombed, and kinda ended both their careers in a way), but he wasn't really consulted on set or apart of the filmmaking process once that started. It seemed like they just invited him to the shoot bc he was friends with the star and to just be nice. I think that's a fairly common practice for AT LEAST 80% of screenwriters. What was that movie with David Duchovny? The TV Show or something? By Jake Kasdan I believe? I think that movie also touched on the subject. Maybe it was just the director's POV though.
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