It was a day long remembered: October 30, 2012. The day Disney announced it had bought Lucasfilm and would be releasing new Star Wars movies. Fans everywhere immediately began freaking out about the news, but one in particular saw it as an opportunity.
That person is Gary Whitta, who previously wrote The Book of Eli and After Earth before being announced as the first writer on the first Star Wars standalone film. “I literally went from reading the news story on my phone to calling my agent and saying ‘Oh my god you gotta throw my hat in the ring,’” Whitta told io9. “Now, I’m sure every writer in town was doing the same thing. I never seriously thought I’d get in that room.”