Star Wars Saturation Point Begins: Standalone Film Announced For 2016

Steven Bogos

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Star Wars Saturation Point Begins: Standalone Film Announced For 2016


Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will helm several standalone Star Wars spin-offs.

In addition to the upcoming J.J Abrams directed Star Wars trilogy, Disney has now just announced that a series of standalone spin-offs will be produced by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Gary Whitta. The first of these films will be released on December 16, 2016, and while Disney didn't announce its subject matter, the company previously stated that such standalone films would most likely be origin stories, with everyone from Yoda, Boba Fett, to Han Solo thrown around as possible candidates.

Gareth Edwards first made a name for himself with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. He then went on to make the recently released Godzilla, which earned $38.5 million on its first day, and went on to earn $93.1 million in domestic box office for the weekend.

"Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life -- join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," said Edwards.

Gary Whitta is perhaps best known for 2010's The Book of Eli, but video game fans may know him better for his work on TellTale Game's The Walking Dead series.

Are you excited at the prospect of a Bobba Fett/Han Solo origin feature, or do you think that the franchise is starting to get a bit over-saturated?

Source: Star Wars.com [http://starwars.com/news/gareth-edwards-and-gary-whitta-onboard-for-star-wars-stand-alone-film.html]

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Barbas

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I do not think this news is going to be met with rapturous applause, but clearly the man's keen and I wish him well.
 

STENDEC1

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Yeah, that's it Disney! Milk that cow for all she's worth! Milk it 'til she bleeds from her udders!
 

Kmadden2004

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Expect to see the new Sta Wars spin-off hit theatres on May 6th 2016!!!

Oh, wait a minute...
 

Mike Hoffman

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Kmadden2004 said:
Expect to see the new Sta Wars spin-off hit theatres on May 6th 2016!!!

Oh, wait a minute...
No way, I'm already trying to work out going to two midnight showings at once. JK, I'm not going to the Dawn of Justice (League) at midnight.
 

Shamanic Rhythm

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Because Star Wars wasn't saturated before under the creaking weight of all the books, video games, TV series, toys etc?
 

AdmiralCheez

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It's definitely become over-saturated. Just like Batman, there's way too much of it. If it turns out good, that's great, but I can't get excited for this stuff anymore. It's no longer the exciting new thing that happens once a decade; it's just expected now.
 

Soviet Heavy

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I look forward to seeing a massive Space battle between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire, only to cut away from the first opening salvo to follow some diplomat rambling about midichlorians.
 

NuclearKangaroo

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if modern corporate suits existed back in the renaissance era, we would have 17 portrait sequels to the mona lisa and a spin off statue series


id like them to do a jar-jar binks origin story movie, simply because the rage would be delicious
 

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As any Jedi should, I only recognize the possibilities, both good and bad, and await the revelation of sufficient information before passing judgement.

To Edwards and Whitta, may the Force be with you, because the whiny fanboys sure as hell won't.
 

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I think it's a bad sign that people are asking about over saturation already, but than again people have become so cynical over the Star Wars movies that this isn't exactly a great surprise. I personally think that the only way to avoid the question of Star Wars movies being "over saturated" is to turn out varied and quality movies from the in the Star Wars universe. I mean I have no doubt JJ Abrahms is going to make the big budget flashy popcorn movie, but nothing is stopping them from having this other Star Wars movie from being a political thriller that might set up Abrahms films better. BUT I also don't like Abrahms that much as a director and I don't think he'd have skill or vision for that sort ambitious project. Oh how I'd like to be wrong for this one unlike how I at all wasn't for his Star Trek movies.
 

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Oh...they can reboot the Ewok movies!

Anyway, I hope this turns out well, but that ep7 is rubbish so nobody cares...
 

evilnancyreagan

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ok, so the guy who did Monsters also did Godzilla,

and is now slated for SEVERAL Star Wars? spin-offs?

Jumping Jesus on a Pogo stick!

Directors of cinema are clearly the biggest whores in the industry of creativity, eschewing any and all artistic integrity for biggest wad.

as if I need anymore reason to despise non-interactive media.
 

Metadigital

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Origin stories, eh? Like the one about Darth Vader?

The original trilogy had something to say. Unless these origins stories have something to say (other than, "This is how we got that awesome character everyone loves from the original trilogy"), then I don't see it working out any better than the last attempt at it.
 

Frost27

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I don't know that I am going to call this oversaturation until I see the quality of the product. I am enjoying the hell out of the marvel movies and they just can't release fast enough for me because they are good. They said from the day Lucas sold the universe to Disney that they were going to do 1 movie a year starting in 2015 so this doesn't come as a surprise.

Personally, I am hoping for a movie dedicated to the 501st legion during the Jedi purge. I want to see Vader kick ass in his prime.
 

Jadak

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'Saturated' might be going a bit far considering we don't yet have a single one of the new movies....

Now, when we actually get to the point when we've had a couple and are still getting one per year or so, then yes.
 

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What made them pick Garreth Edwards? I don't have anything against him (or any opinion at all about him) but was he picked solely because of Godzilla?
 

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Steven Bogos said:
Are you excited at the prospect of a Bobba Fett/Han Solo origin feature, or do you think that the franchise is starting to get a bit over-saturated?
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