David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Write and Produce a New Series of Star Wars Films
With Star Wars: The Last Jedi vacating cinemas around the world and the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story exciting the fanbase, the timing could not be better for Lucasfilm to build upon the foundations established by George Lucas with news of more Star Wars movies.
In the build up to the release of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm was quick to announce the commission of a whole new trilogy of movies set to be written and directed by Johnson and set to take place in a corner of the galaxy previously unexplored in Star Wars mythology.
If that isn’t enough to whet our appetites, Lucasfilm have announced that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be heading to the galaxy far, far away once the Emmy Award-winning television series ends its final season. The duo has been commissioned to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson.
In an interview with Star Wars.com, Kathleen Kennedy had this to say:
“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.”
The Game of Thrones creators had this to say:
“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, but excitement amongst the fans is already building. However, despite the exhilaration surrounding this announcement, the fans will be concerned by the over saturation of Star Wars content set to be released over the next few years.
Is the galaxy far, far away big enough to support this much content? Only time will tell, but until then, the fans can begin to dream of a diversifying series of Star Wars movies from two of the most celebrated producers in Hollywood today.
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