Kinberg Takes Over “Star Wars” Script?

News came last week that scribe Gary Whitta (“The Book of Eli”) was no longer involved in director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming “Star Wars” spin-off film.

Whitta penned the first drafts of the screenplay, and now a new writer is expected to come in and work with Edwards to re-write and polish it – much like the way Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams took over from Michael Arndt on the script for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

So who’s replacing him? It is not yet confirmed but today came a report on Slashfilm which suggests that Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) will take over.

Kinberg would be an understandable choice, he’s already heavily involved in the “Star Wars” universe as he created and serves as executive producer on Disney’s “Star Wars: Rebels” cartoon. He also served as a consultant on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and was previously hired to pen another of the upcoming “Star Wars” films.