Published On: Mon, Jan 12th, 2015

‘Star Wars’ loses writer, may get ‘X-Men’ scribe

Another writer departure is taking place on a new Star Wars film with Gary Whitta exiting the Gareth Edwards directed spin-off. A report by Slash Film points to Simon Kinberg being tapped to come on and get the script polished and primed for produciton.

Michael Arndt famously worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens for a year before exiting the project over reported creative differences, after which J.J Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan performed significant rewrites.

Star Wars classic banner“/Film has learned, but was unable to confirm, that it will be Simon Kinberg. At Lucasfilm, Kinberg is a consultant on The Force Awakens, a writer and producer on Star Wars Rebels, and writer of at least one standalone movie. Whether or not that became this film or is another remains unclear. But Kinberg will be taking over duties for Whitta on this movie,” the Jan. 12 article states.

Slash Film reaffirmed their report that the story will follow the group of bounty hunters stealing the plans to the Death Star – a lead-up to A New Hope.

News of Whitta’s exit was first reported by THR, which has some cheerful comments from both Edwards and Whitta about their time together on the film, with Edwards adding “I enjoyed working with him tremendously, I’m so grateful for all of his contributions.”  Whitta took to Twitter shortly afterwards to reveal which project he’s working on next:

My year of work in a galaxy far, far away is done! I’m onto my next project, adapting @mrmarkmillar’s STARLIGHT for 20th Century Fox! – @garywhitta

This first standalone film will open in theaters in 3D on December 16, 2016.

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