The yet-to-be-titled "Star Wars" film, which is being written
by "The Book of Eli" screenwriter Gary Whitta, is being
described as a stand-alone movie in addition to the next three
installments beginning with Abrams's "Star Wars: Episode VII,"
to be released in December 2015.
British director Edwards made his feature film debut with his
re-imagining of "Godzilla," which stormed the North American box
office with $93.2 million in sales over the past weekend.
Walt Disney Co purchased "Star Wars" creator George Lucas's
production company LucasFilm for $4.05 billion in 2012 and
announced it would release spin-off films between the releases
of three new films in the popular sci-fi series.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Ken Wills)
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