Star Wars spin-off to be directed by Godzilla filmmaker

  • Reuters, Los Angeles
  • Updated: May 23, 2014 16:20 IST

With J.J. Abrams kicking off the first of three new Star Wars films, Disney announced on Thursday that Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards will direct a separate spin-off installment of the franchise, scheduled for December 2016.

Artwork for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. (Photo courtesy:

The yet-to-be-titled Star Wars film, which is being written by The Book of Eli screenwriter Gary Whitta, is being described as a stand-alone movie in addition to the next three installments beginning with Abrams's Star Wars: Episode VII, to be released in December 2015.

British director Edwards made his feature film debut with his re-imagining of Godzilla, which stormed the North American box office with $93.2 million in sales over the past weekend.

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. (Photo courtesy:

Walt Disney Co. purchased Star Wars creator George Lucas's production company LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in 2012 and announced it would release spin-off films between the releases of three new films in the popular sci-fi series.

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