Fresh off the wire, and announced today by LucasFilm, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners behind Game of Thrones, will be spearheading their own series of Star Wars films for the studio. A pretty surprising announcement given that just a few months ago, LucasFilm also announced a new trilogy of films by The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson.
The below press release is quick to point out that these are wholly separate projects, leads one to wonder if the studio is abandoning the “Star Wars Story” format that’s really just led to nothing but headache and fired directors (Josh Trank, Lord & Miller, even Gareth Edwards got basically replaced for major reshoots).
Here’s the announcement, do make your own judgement about where this may go. Between Gwendoline Christie and Emilia Clarke, a few Game of Thrones alums have already joined the world’s biggest franchise. Kit Harington in the Star Wars universe seems an almost certainty now:
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.
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