Chris Weitz reveals Star Wars films inspired his career

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Chris Weitz

Acclaimed writer Chris Weitz has revealed he was inspired to go into the world of cinema by the 'Star Wars' films.

Chris Weitz was inspired to go into the world of cinema by the 'Star Wars' movies.

The 45-year-old writer has been asked to script the eagerly-awaited 'Star Wars' spin-off movie, and while he remains tight-lipped on specific aspects of the film, Weitz has revealed his deep-rooted love of the sci-fi franchise.

He shared: "It's a total dream job. The reason I make movies now has a lot to do with having seen Star Wars when I was seven years old. That's the formative movie-going experience of my life. But, I don't think I'm unique in that.

"Everybody who's working on the movie was affected, in that way. I think it's so incredibly special to be able to try to recapitulate that feeling I had when I was sitting in that theater, as a 7-year-old. It's an extraordinary job. I'm incredibly lucky."

Asked whether the Lucasfilm production company - which was sold to Disney in 2012 - has been heavily involved with the script, Weitz told Collider: "It's early days yet. But, I think that everybody involved feels such a sense of duty and responsibility to the franchise and to their own childhood memories that everybody is heading in the same direction."

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • 2016
  • US
  • Directed by: Gareth Edwards
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
  • UK release: 16 December 2016

The first in a series of Star Wars spin-offs. This one focuses on the Rebels' mission to retrieve plans for the dreaded Death Star.

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