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Gareth Edwards' stand-alone Star Wars film has found its next writer. Now that Gary Whitta has had a go at it and moved on, it is now time for writer and director Chris Weitz to take a stab at a new draft. I will tell you what should be bothering me about this report from THR: It is all the Young Adult (Ya) references in it. Weitz has worked on a lot of Ya related projects. He directed The Golden Compass and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and, according to the report, is smack in the middle of writing a Pa/Ya (Post Apocalyptic Young Adult) trilogy of books starting with The Young World. He also wrote Disney's upcoming Cinderalla. It should be bothering me about it...
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Earlier this month, it was revealed that writer Gary Whitta had completed his work on the film, and that a new scribe was being brought aboard to work with his draft. At first, that was said to be Simon Kinberg (who is working on locking down the script for X-Men: Apocalypse), although he's reportedly more in an advisory role on the movie.
Now we learn that Chris Weitz has been hired to get the screenplay to a state where the film is ready to go. Weitz, who was Oscar nominated for his script for About A Boy, is also known for directing that movie, »
After rumors swirled that Simon Kinberg was going to step up for the next round of writing for the first standalone Star Wars spin-off that will be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards, another writer has the job instead. Gary Whitta finished his job on the first draft of the script for the film rumored to be about the heist to obtain the plans to the first Death Star, and now THR reports About a Boy and Disney's new Cinderella screenwriter Chris Weitz will next step up to take a crack at the script. That seems like an odd hire for Star Wars, but Weitz did get an Oscar nomination for About a Boy, so it's not exactly bad news. As for genre fare, he directed the fantasy The Golden Compass (for which he also wrote the script), and he also was at the helm of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. »
- Ethan Anderton
One thing I know after seeing Godzilla is Gareth Edwards doesn’t need a good script to deliver a great blockbuster. I don’t think I could even tell you the plot from memory right now, and yet I stand by my opinion that the monster movie reboot was one of the most spectacular and thrilling pieces of cinema released last year. Before that, with Monsters, he wowed me with a tired story recycled from It Happened One Night by throwing in some giant aliens and crafty direction. He could go ahead and make his Star Wars spin-off with no screenplay at all, and I’m sure I’d be happy. But I can’t speak for the rest of the franchise’s fans out there — especially if any overlap with the large group of people who hate what he did with Godzilla – and I certainly can’t speak for Disney and LucasFilm. They »
- Christopher Campbell
When writer Gary Whitta (amicably) left Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' upcoming Star Wars spin-off, rumors circulated that Simon Kinberg would take his place. It sounded like a good fit, and the geek crowd was happy: Kinberg has either written or produced other Star Wars films, X-Men, Star Wars Rebels, Sherlock Holmes, and The Fantastic Four, so this spin-off seemed to be in good hands. But it turns out that's not happening after all.
THR reports that Twilight: New Moon writer Chris Weitz has boarded the project as a replacement for Whitta. Weitz - who directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon along with features like The Golden Compass - also wrote Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Antz, and The Golden Compass, so I wouldn't call this an upgrade. Weitz also wrote and directed About a Boy, which certainly has its fans but doesn't really inspire confidence that he's able to handle a big sci-fi spectacle. »
- Ben Pearson
Less than a month after the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off parted ways with screenwriter Gary Whitta, the project has found a new writer with Chris Weitz signing on to take over writing duties. Gary Whitta completed a first draft on the project, although no story details have been confirmed, and it isn't known if Chris Weitz will start over completely from scratch, or if he will use elements of Gary Whitta's first draft. We reported last week that the spinoff may feature both Boba Fett and Han Solo, which will be reportedly shot in Mexico.
While nothing official has been released about the plot, a rumor surfaced last month that claimed the story centers on space pirates trying to steal the plans to the original Death Star. Of course, even if those details were true, the script could change drastically with this new writer on board. »
It’s only been a couple of weeks, but Gareth Edwards has already found someone new to write the Star Wars stand-alone film he’s directing ready for 2016. About A Boy’s Chris Weitz will work on a new draft of the project.Weitz has been brought in to replace Gary Whitta, who left earlier this month after completing the first draft of the film, which is still being kept under wraps, although we do know Edwards has been busy auditioning actresses for a leading role. Speculation has turned towards the search for a potential younger version of Princess Leia, though there are still only rumours circulating for now.A director, a writer and a producer, Weitz is probably still best known for his attempt to launch a fantasy franchise with The Golden Compass, co-directing About A Boy with his brother Paul, his stint directing Twilight: New Moon and working »
Gurinder Chadha’s hit film Bend It Like Beckham is being readied for the West End stage and following a host of auditions and workshops, the cast for the highly anticipated stage version Bend It Like Beckham the Musical has been formally announced.
Natalie Dew will play football crazy Jess with Lauren Samuels as Jules, a player with the Harriers, a local women’s football team, and Jamie Campbell Bower as their coach Joe. The three young leads will be supported by some familiar faces, including comedian Ronni Ancona who plays Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony.
Preeya Kalidas who appeared in the original film as one of the cousins, will take on the role of Pinky, Jess’ sister and Tony Jayawardena andNatasha Jayetileke take on the all important roles of her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
Jess needs extra time. She is facing »
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