LOS ANGELES May 22 With J.J. Abrams kicking off
the first of three new "Star Wars" films, Disney announced on
Thursday that "Godzilla" filmmaker Gareth Edwards will direct a
separate spin-off installment of the franchise, scheduled for
The yet-to-be-titled "Star Wars" film, which is being
written by "The Book of Eli" screenwriter Gary Whitta, is being
described as a stand-alone movie in addition to the next three
installments beginning with Abrams's "Star Wars: Episode VII,"
to be released in December 2015.
British director Edwards made his feature film debut with
his re-imagining of "Godzilla," which stormed the North American
box office with $93.2 million in sales over the past weekend.
Walt Disney Co purchased "Star Wars" creator George
Lucas's production company LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in 2012
and announced it would release spin-off films between the
releases of three new films in the popular sci-fi series.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Ken Wills)