There’s movement on the Star Wars spin-off movie front as Gary Whitta, tasked by Lucasfilm to write the script for the first of two confirmed spin-off films, shared a piece of his work on Friday via his Facebook page.
The image Whitta shared is a printed page with the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” typed across the center. This is of course how every Star Wars film begins with those words preceding the opening crawl.
Lucasfilm announced in May that Whitta would write and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) would direct the first Star Wars standalone spin-off film scheduled for release on December 16, 2016. Whitta’s sharing of the script page is the first update on the project since that announcement.
Everyone involved in the project has done an admirable job thus far keeping the focus of the film out of the public’s eye. Rumors are swirling that it could dip into the past and follow a young Han Solo or go even further back and pick up Yoda in is active days. Or, there’s a lot of demand to see Boba Fett and the bounty hunters get their due on the big screen.
The current Star Wars movie plan is for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII to be released in December 2015, a little less than 500 days from now. The Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta spin-off will arrive the following December, and then Star Wars: Episode VIII from writer/director Rian Johnson in December 2017. Josh Trank will write and direct a second Star Wars standalone film for 2018, while Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode IV will premiere in 2019.