The future of the Star Wars universe continues to look bright. Solo, the second anthology film, will release in a few months, while Episode IX will release in 2019. Beyond that, Rian Johnson is creating a new trilogy of films separate from the Skywalker saga.
Today, Lucasfilm announced that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce a new series of films that are separate from the Skywalker saga and from Johnson’s trilogy.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “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.”
Benioff and Weiss have received wide acclaim for their roles as creators and showrunners of the incredibly popular HBO series Game of Thrones. The show has received 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, with the eighth and final season set to air in 2019.
“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” the two of them said in a joint statement released by Lucasfilm. “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.”
It sounds like this series is a bit a ways off in the future, since they will wait to get started until the eighth season of Game of Thrones is done, but we’re really beginning to get a picture of what the post-Skywalker Star Wars will look like, as next decade will see Rian Johnson’s new trilogy of films, as well as this new series being created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It’s still way too early to know what this series will be about, but between these two new series of films, a coming live-action TV show, and a presumed new animated show, I’d be shocked if the Old Republic wasn’t explored by at least one of them – and having Benioff and Weiss handle something like that might make sense.
This won’t be the first time that Star Wars turns to Game of Thrones, as Gwendoline Christie played Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, while Emilia Clarke stars in the upcoming Solo movie as Qi’Ra.