If you thought it took Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a long time to make one season of GoT, just wait until they take on a galaxy far, far away. The award-winning writers have signed on to create a new set of Star Wars movies, with the deal confirmed on Tuesday by Lucasfilm.
Although not much is known about the new deal, including how many films the creative pair have signed on to write, we do know a few details. The most interesting is that Benioff and Weiss’ films will take place in storylines outside of the main Skywalker saga, as well as the new trilogy being created by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, praised the duo in a statement this week, saying “David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today. 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 pair will complete their work on the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones before starting their new Star Wars project, which they also confirmed in this week’s press released. “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” said Benioff and Weiss. “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.”
This week’s news puts the future of Benioff and Weiss’ other post-GoT project, Confederate, on hold. The new series drew criticism when it was first announced, with the writing duo describing the show as a look at modern day America if the South had risen up against the Union and slavery was still legal. Considering the heavy push -back on the show’s concept, it looks like Star Wars may have saved the day.
While it’s unclear when we’ll see the first instalment of Benioff and Weiss’ addition to the Star Wars story, there are still two huge films fans have to look forward to in the near future. Solo: A Star Wars Story, which debuted its first trailer this week, will be released on May 25, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX, which will pick up where the Last Jedi ended, is set to hit theatres on December 20, 2019. It does beg the question, is there such a thing as too much Stars Wars? It looks like we’re going to find out.
As for Game of Thrones, HBO has confirmed the final season will air sometime in 2019.