David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, the writer-producers duo who brought George R R Martin’s Game Of Thrones novels to HBO, will be writing and producing a new trilogy of Star Wars films, Lucasfilm announced today.
According to the press release, these films will be separate from both the ongoing episodic Skywalker family saga of films and the trilogy of films currently being developed by The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson.
In the release, Lucasfilm president is quoted as 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.
For their part, Benioff and Weiss are quoted as saying –
In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility and so excited to get started as the final season of Game Of Thrones is complete.
While there is absolutely no indication yet as to what type of storytelling territory Benioff and Weiss will be covering, I am sure that some fans are already speculating that this new trilogy will cover an earlier era in the Star Wars galaxy as portrayed in the old Knights of the Old Republic video game. Time will tell if this baseless speculation will turn out to be true or not.
What does seem more apparent is that we will have some time to wait before we do get to see with the pair have up the sleeves of their Jedi robes. As they note, they need to finish off their commitment to Game Of Thrones first before starting work on their trilogy. Johnson is already at work developing his three films. Most likely they will be the ones to reach the big screen first, possibly as early as 2021. If Lucasfilm keeps to its release strategy of one film a year and alternating between films connected as a trilogy and solo A Star Wars Story films, we might not see Benioff and Weiss’s films until the mid-2020s.