Hot on the heels of the announcement that Star Wars spin-off writer Gary Whitta has left the project, a rumour has sprouted to suggest Disney’s Star Wars Rebels Co-creator and Executive Producer Simon Kinberg will fill the spot.
According to movie blog, SlashFilm, the writer/producer is next-in-line to script the 2016 release. They were, however, unable to get confirmation from Lucasfilm or Kinberg’s representatives, said IGN.
The movie is reportedly about a band of bounty hunters who steal the plans for the Death Star. The plans eventually fall into the hands of one Princess Leia whose ship was boarded by Darth Vader in Episode IV. Even though Disney has maintained that the film will feature the Millennium Falcon but not Han Solo, rumours are that Aaron Paul will play a younger version of the charming smuggler. Speculations also include origins story for Boba Fett or one revolving around the Falcon’s original owner, Lando Calrissian.
Disney has announced three spin-off movies which will not be part of the Star Wars canon. This has left pundits debating the merits of creating origin stories versus brand new plotlines. The three movies are planned to be released in 2016, 2018 and 2020 between Episodes VII, VIII, IX.
Kinberg has worked on screenplays for X-Men: Last Stand, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sherlock Holmes, Mr & Mrs Smith and produced many more notable films. He had been pipped to write another of the spin-off series and it is unclear if the 2016 film will replace his other commitment or add on to it, reported movienewsguide.com.