The STAR WARS spinoff project film recently lost a writer in Gary Whitta, but (Godzilla’s) director’s Gareth Edwards, and Disney have wasted no time in finding a substitute, as Academy Award nominated Chris Weitz (About A Boy) has been hired to write for the spinoff film. Weitz also wrote the script for Disney’s upcoming live-action take on (Cinderella) as well as (The Golden Compass) and (The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Completion of a first draft of the script, Gary Whitta left Gareth Edward’s (STAR WARS) project to work on Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s (Starlight).
A few weeks ago, it was reported that Simon Kinberg writer and the producer of the 2014 film (X-Men: Days of Future Past) would take over writing duties for the STAR WARS spinoff project. Simon Kinberg had been rumored by The Hollywood Reporter that Lawrence Kasdan, writer of Episode V and Episode VI, and Kinberg would write and produce Episode VIII and Episode IX of the new “STAR WARS” film’s. Later publication stated that Kasdan and Kinberg would only be working on future STAR WARS projects, but not necessarily on Episode VIII and Episode IX.
Simon Kinberg is serving as writer and executive producer of the new STAR WARS (Rebels animated series). He wrote the first two episodes, which aired in October 2014 on Disney networks.
So now Chris Weitz will take over writing duties on the film, the plot of which still remains secrecy. Rumors however, point out that possibly bounty hunter Boba Fett and Han Solo will be the main focus of the story. After working on a treatment for (The Force Awakens), Michael Arndt handed over the pen to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan a week before the announcement of STAR WARS (The Force Awakens)
Source: CBM / The Hollywood Reporter