'Godzilla' Director Gareth Edwards To Helm Untitled 'Star Wars' Spin-Off For A December 16, 2016 Release

In a galaxy far, far away, a franchise once thought to be resting in peace, has been revived by the Hollywood desperate need for films and their destined reincarnations. Recently there was big news looming in the Star Wars universe, that there would be a solo character spin-off focusing upon either a Jedi, bounty hunter, or a Sith lord. To the surprise of many individuals, we've now learned that Gareth Edwards; the director of the 2014 Godzilla reboot, will be the director of one of these spin-off solo films.

While it's still unknown which solo-film Edwards is directing from those we've previously heard mentioned, the possibilities of a Yoda, Han Solo, or Boba Fett film have already been rumored. The Boba Fett films seems the most likely, with the characters mysterious origins having always been of great interest to audiences, and would seemingly be a good fit for Edwards directorial style. Fans have also been requesting a Darth Maul screen adaptation due to his short lived appearances within the franchise and his canceled video game since the closure of LucasArts. Potentially solo Star Wars films can integrate with one another similar to how Marvel Studios assimilates a large body of films by simply intertwining the worlds in which they occur.
Being that Gareth Edwards only real major success is the recently released Godzilla film, he has a lot to fill in, in regards to other directors that have helmed these caliber of films. Director J.J. Abrams was entrusted with next year's Episode VII, which seemed fitting as the director had past experience with large budget films (See Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness). Considering the amount of talented directors who were in the running to direct Episode VII, it's a bit surprising that Disney would go with a name as fresh as Edwards. Yet despite only having two films to his credit, Godzilla was met with both critical praise (For the most part) and financial success, which may have been enough to give Disney full confidence in choosing Edwards.
The film already has a script which has been written by Gary Whitta, the man behind Book of Eli, and unfortunately also responsible for M. Night Shyamalam's After Earth. On top of that, the film is already scheduled for a December 16, 2016 release date, which marks it pretty much exactly one year after Episode VII hits theaters. Edwards involvement in a film with such a close deadline comes as a bit of a surprise, as it's recently been revealed that Warner Bros. already wants to get things going on the Godzilla sequel, with Edwards set to return. So far this still seems to be the plan, so we shouldn't expect to see the Godzilla sequel until a few years after this spin-off hits theaters.
So how do you feel about Gareth Edwards directing a Star Wars spin-off? Which character solo-film would you like to see him direct? Let us know below!