We still don’t know what Gareth Edwards’ standalone Star Wars film is actually about, but we do know the project has lost its writer, in what sounds like an amicable move between writer Gary Whitta and the studio.
Whitta (The Book of Eli) has been working with Edwards (Godzilla) on the mysterious Star Wars project since May 2014. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story that he’d be leaving the film, with Edwards noting that he was a “wonderful, inspired contributor” to the script. It sounds like this is a relatively calculated move, and a new writer is expected to step in and take another pass at it.
So, why is Whitta leaving? Likely to work on the upcoming adaptation of Mark MIllar’s Starlight, which is an awesome comic miniseries that follows a retired space hero called back into the fold for one final mission. It has the makings of a legit sci-fi epic, mashing up some superhero tropes in a new way.
My year of work in a galaxy far, far away is done! I’m onto my next project, adapting @mrmarkmillar’s STARLIGHT for 20th Century Fox!— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) January 10, 2015
In a statement regarding his departure, Whitta thanked the studio for giving him the opportunity and said he was proud of the work done over the past year:
“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.”
As fans will likely remember, this is the second time the new Star Wars saga has seen a shakeup. Michael Arndt (Oblivion) worked on a version of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens but subsequently left and passed the script off to Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)