Gary Whitta is no longer writing the first “Star Wars” standalone spin-off film. Whitta and the film’s director Gareth Edwards completed a first draft of the film, but Whitta has now reportedly left and moved onto his next project.
In a statement, Edwards says: “Gary has been a wonderful, inspired contributor and I enjoyed working with him tremendously. I’m so grateful for all of his contributions.”
Whitta adds: “The year I spent working with Lucasfilm on this Star Wars film has been by far the most rewarding period of my entire career. As a lifelong Star Wars fan I’m deeply grateful to have had the rare opportunity to contribute to a new chapter in its ongoing cinematic legacy. The film is going to be amazing.”
That next project Whitta is working on is unclear at the moment, but he has been linked to Fox’s adaptation of Mark Millar sci-fi comic book miniseries “Starlight”. Lucasfilm and Disney did not comment on the hiring of a new writer.
The change is not unprecedented, Michael Arndt worked on the script for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for a year before leaving the project. That film’s director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan then took over the script-writing duties.
Source: Heat Vision