J.J. Abrams may be bringing the new sequel trilogy to its conclusion with the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 9, but we’ll be visiting a galaxy far, far away for a long time yet. Disney and Luscasfilm have announced a series of new Star Wars movies from a duo with plenty of experience transporting audiences to bold and fantastical worlds: Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The news was announced on StarWars.com and details remain scarce. All we know is that this new series of movies will be separate from both the Skywalker saga and the new trilogy being planned by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Benioff and Weiss will write and produce the films. It is not clear if they will also direct.
This is an interesting move because it makes a lot of sense! These are two guys who know their way around intense, passionate fandoms. Benioff and Weiss know what it’s like to bring a beloved fictional universe to life and populate it with characters we love and characters we love to hate. Plus, Game of Thrones is coming to an end with its upcoming eighth season. These guys need a new challenge. After you produce a wildly popular television show whose logistics make most feature film productions look like picnics, moving into the world’s most popular movie franchise certainly feels like the next logical step.
Game of Thrones won’t wrap up until 2019, so we probably won’t hear much about these new Star Wars movies for some time yet. We’ll see Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Episode 9, and maybe even Rian Johnson’s next Star Wars movie before the first Benioff/Weiss joint hits theaters. Lucasfilm is staying true to its word: we are going to see a Star Wars movie every year until the day we die.
Here is the complete press release:
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going from Winterfell to a galaxy far, far away.
It was announced today that Benioff and Weiss, creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series Game of Thrones, will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.
These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”
“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete.”
No release dates have been set for the new films, and there have (thankfully) been no sightings of White Walkers around Lucasfilm.