The Star Wars movies as we know them will come to an end next year, with Episode IX of the “Skywalker Saga” finishing out the original storyline. But that certainly won’t be all for the franchise. Besides a potential Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone arriving in 2020, there’s also a new trilogy in the works from The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson. And now, directly from Lucasfilm (via StarWars.com), comes word of another series of movies from another exciting source: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Known for creating HBO’s phenomenally popular Game of Thrones (from a series of books by George R.R. Martin), the duo were announced as writers and producers of new works that will be separate from the Skywalker narrative and Johnson’s trilogy. Benioff and Weiss said in a statement that they’ll get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones — due to air next year — is finished. They also admitted that they “are honored by the opportunity [and] a little terrified by the responsibility.”
This series could wind up going to theaters in alternating years opposite Johnson’s movies, which would put the franchise in multiplexes at least through the mid 2020s. But there’s also speculation that this project could be something for the small screen instead. The duo is mostly known for television productions, though Benioff has written theatrical features in the past (including X-Men Origins: Wolverine). And Disney might be looking for some original movies for their new streaming service, set to launch in late 2019.
Either way, Benioff and Weiss don’t appear to be involved as directors, for which they have even less experience. Perhaps they can recruit some of their Game of Thrones helmers for the gigs, such as Michelle MacLaren (we’re still waiting for a woman Star Wars director). And either way, this also seems to put a question mark on the duo’s expected follow-up, a controversial alternate history series for HBO showing what America would have been like if the South won the Civil War.
Interestingly enough, the duo going from Westeros to the Galaxy Far, Far Away makes sense given how many Game of Thrones actors have already made the leap to Star Wars, or vice versa. There’s Gwendoline Christie in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, and now Emilia Clarke is co-starring in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Many others have shared in both worlds, including Max von Sydow, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Julian Glover and Jessica Henwick.
Perhaps the new Star Wars series will look something like this: