Last week, English writer Gary Whitta (Book of Eli, The Walking Dead video game) announced that he was no longer working on the script for the standalone Star Wars film due for release in 2016.
While it was reported as some kind of major news, delving into the details made it sound much more normal - Whitta delivered a draft, everyone was happy with it and he moved on to other work. It's pretty normal for a major blockbuster to go through multiple drafts with different writers and in this case it reads like it was always the plan.
So now it comes time for director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) to hone that draft, and it looks like he's going to have some help in the matter from Simon Kinberg. Slashfilm is reporting this as rumour right now but it makes a lot of sense. Not only has he been working on films of this scale since X-Men 3 back in 2006 and he's become a major writer and producer since then. And he's also deep in the Disney/Lucasfilm fold, initially announced as the writer and producer of Star Wars episodes 8 and 9 and helping to run the Rebels animated show.
In this case, it feels to me like Kinberg would be in charge of bringing the script into line with the overall plans for the Star Wars universe, something akin to what Joss Whedon has done for Marvel by massaging the scripts for the whole universe. And that's a very smart move if true, helping to ensure that this already massive franchise gets even bigger.
Only time will tell - the film goes into production later in 2015 for a December 2016 release.