Screenwriter Chris Weitz Talks about Writing Standalone Star Wars Movie

– by Gig Patta

With any Star Wars movie, there’ll be high expectations.

Chris Weitz was brought on board to pen the anticipated untitled Star Wars standalone movie that will be directed by “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards.

The screenwriter has a good writing repertoire including “About a Boy,” “The Golden Compass,” “Antz” and with the upcoming Disney’s live-action movie “Cinderella.”

During a press event for “Cinderella,” /film asked the writer/director about the expectations for the new Star Wars movie.

“They need to expect everything because it’s Star Wars. They have to. If I don’t do that I’m failing in my job,” he said.

Obviously, no plot details are mentioned, because Weitz is still working on the project.

Weitz did discuss about replacing “Book of Eli” writer Gary Whitta on the Star Wars project and why he was brought on board.

He explained:

It was like meeting for any assignment. Go in, talk about how you work and talk about the idea, but of course there was A) A huge security component to it. I wasn’t able to see the script until kind of after I was brought on board. And B) I saw Star Wars when I was 7 and it was a formative experience in my life, let alone in the notion of film-making. I’m probably only working on this stuff because I did have that experience then. But it completely possessed me when I was a child and it was a huge part of my kind of emotional make up. So I tried to be as cool as possible in these meetings while still being aware if I got the assignment I was going to be able to work on something I’ve been dreaming of doing.”

And then he also addressed about not having the Internet influence him:

“I try not to read it because I don’t know how it would help me do the job that I have to do, which is to make the very best version of this movie possible. I think it was good to know a bit of what fans are hoping for but then again, I’m a fan as well so I know what I’m hoping for and I try to sort of take that as my lead and not get my head too occupied with what’s on the Internet.”

We’ll get a better idea on whether it’s a Hans Solo , Boba Fett or something completely different for a spin-off soon. The standalone Star Wars movie is scheduled for a December 16, 2016 release date.

Click here to read the full interview on /Film.

Source: /Film

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