Chris Weitz, who earned an Academy Award nomination for adapting the novel About A Boy to the big screen, has been tapped to takeover scripting duties on Disney/Lucasfilm’s stand-alone Star Wars film set for 2016.
The film, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards, already had a first draft completed by Gary Whitta before his departure from the project last month. There is no word as to extent of what Weitz’s duties will entail, whether it will be a brand new story he will be contributing or if he will be just strengthening certain aspects of Whitta’s work.
The film will be the first of a number of planned stand-alone Star Wars films that will be released bi-annually between installments of the new Star Wars trilogy. No plot details about the film are known, though there are rumors that it my center no a group of spies who discovering the evil Galactic Empire’s plans to build the planet-destroying Death Star and steal the battle station’s blueprints, making it somewhat a prequel to the very first Star Wars film.
Via Hollywood Reporter.