With the recent Sony email hack, a lot of industry gossip has leaked (as well as other embarrassing moments). The Daily Beast today posted this excerpt taken from an email by Michael De Luca, the President of Production for Columbia Pictures, to Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures:
Star Wars: Any studio would have lost josh trank and rian Johnson to this, it’s freaking Star Wars. Your After Earth writer Gary Whitta is writing Gareth Edwards stand alone Star Wars film. Simon Kinberg is writing Josh Tranks. No one knows what they’re about but Boba Fett is rumored to be the subject of one. Rian Johnson as you know is doing the main ones, episodes 8 and 9 of the Luke and Leia story lines, after JJ. Not sure anything is gained by looking at what Lucasfilm is doing except we are stalking all these people too, except Whitta whom I think blows.
Maybe it’s conjecture on De Luca’s part—it’s not all that hard to draw that conclusion—but it sounds fairly definitive: Simon Kinberg is writing the standalone film being directed by Josh Trank.
As a bonus, we get a free swipe at Gary Whitta. Keep in mind, however, that De Luca wrote Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare…