Earlier this month, the first Star Wars spinoff movie, which is going to be directed by Monsters and Godzilla director Gareth Edwards [though it’s his two Godzilla sequels I’m personally more interested in!], experienced a setback when screenwriter Gary Whitta dropped out of the project. For a few days it looked like X-Men screenwriter Simon Kinberg would be taking over scripting duties, but now The Wrap reports that Chris Weitz is officially joining the still-untitled project. Weitz’s resume isn’t all great: he directed the worst Twilight film [and that’s saying something] New Moon, and scripted the messy flop The Golden Compass, though his A Better Life was highly praised [I have yet to see it] and About A Boy, which he co-directed and wrote, was okay I suppose. He’s also the writer behind this year’s live-action version of Cinderella.
Current plans will see Disney release new Star Wars movies each year, alternating between JJ Abrams’s sequels and spinoffs. The first spinoff movie is due for release on December 16, 2016, a year after the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is rumoured to focus on bounty hunters’ efforts to steal the plans of the Death Star before the events of A New Hope.