Following Gary Whitta’s departure from Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars spinoff upon completion of the first draft, Disney and Lucasfilm have now turned to Academy Award nominated screenwriter Chris Weitz for a rewrite.
His writing credits include About A Boy and Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming live-action Cinderella. Weitz also co-directed the former, and has a number of directing credits to his name which include movies like the Oscar nominated A Better Life and The Golden Compass. He also wrote The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
As if all that wasn’t already impressive enough, he also happens to be an author and is in the process of writing a YA trilogy (which you have to imagine there’s every chance will later be adapted to the big screen).
Past reports have claimed the Star Wars spinoff will focus on a group of bounty hunters hired by the Rebels to steal the plans of the first Death Star. That’s just a rumour however, so we still don’t know for sure!
This isn’t the first time one of the new Star Wars movies has lost a writer, with The Force Awakens’ original scribe Michael Arndt departing the sequel after working on a treatment and script for a year. Director J.J. Abrams and The Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan later took over script writing duties.
What we do know for sure is that the untitled movie will be released on December 16th, next year.