Gary Whitta is a games journalist and writer. He’s a former editor of PC Gamer magazine, has contributed to Duke Nukem Forever and Telltale‘s adaptation of The Walking Dead …and he’s also writing a new Star Wars movie.
Whitta tells StarWars.com:
From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself.
This isn’t Whitta’s first time writing for the big screen – he penned The Book of Eli, which starred Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis. Gareth Edwards, best known for Godzilla and Monsters, is on board to direct the new project.
The as-yet-untitled film, set for a 2016 launch, is a stand-alone title that will offer additional stories in the Star Wars universe, alongside the core Saga trilogy.