The second of the new wave of Star Wars movies and the first spin-off has just lost its writer…
The untitled movie which is due on December 16th, 2016 (yes, Star Wars is a Christmas thing now has lost its longest serving crew member.
THR have reported that Gary Whitta has released a statement about his departure saying: “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.”
The director of the movie, Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, said: “Gary has been a wonderful, inspired contributor and I enjoyed working with him tremendously. I’m so grateful for all of his contributions.”
It is believed that Whitta had finished the first draft of the script.
Disney and Lucasfilm have not commented on the hiring of a new writer. Whitta is expected to move on to scripting duties on Mark Millar’s Starlight.
Whitta also tweeted the message below. We’re sure that, whatever happens, the essence of his story will be in there…
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) January 10, 2015
Source: Star Wars Underworld