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Gareth Edwards’s Spin-Off Gets New Writer: Chris Weitz!

Chris Weitz

Following Gary Whitta’s completion of the first draft of the first Star Wars Spin-Off movie (to be directed by Gareth Edwards), he left the project to work on the script to the film adaptation of Mark Millar’s limited comic book series, Starlight. Now, a new writer has been signed on to revise and edit the script: Chris Weitz.



From The Hollywood Reporter:

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the latest scribe headed to a galaxy far, far away is Chris Weitz, whose credits include the 2002 film About A Boy and Disney’s upcoming Cinderella.


He will replace Gary Whitta, who exited the Lucasfilm/Disney project earlier this month after he completed a first draft.


Weitz is both a screenwriter and a director, not to mention an author. He received an Oscar nomination for his adapted screenplay for About A Boy, which he also co-directed. His other directing credits include the Oscar-nominated Demian Bichir drama A Better Life, The Golden Compass (he also wrote the script adapting the Philip Pulman YA fantasy) and — perhaps most notably — The Twilight Saga: New Moon.


Chris Weitz has a fairly diverse array of films under his belt, but he is best known for his writing and directing work on the critically-acclaimed About A Boy with his brother, Paul – and the pair also co-directed the original American Pie movie. Given that he wrote the script to this March’s Cinderella, he has some degree of experience of answering to the House Of Mouse.


It also appears that the rumors that Simon Kinberg would be taking over writing duties for the film seem to have been greatly exaggerated; he will continuously serve as an executive producer to various Star Wars projects until the spin-off that he will be writing begins production.



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