This isn’t really surprising news, but it’s still noteworthy because it’s confirmation: it appears that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are doing a trilogy of Star Wars films.
Just over a year ago, Lucasfilm announced that Benioff and Weiss had signed on to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films that is separate from the Skywalker saga. Many people assumed all along that it would be a trilogy, but it’s important to note that we never heard anything official.
But in a recent interview with TV Line, HBO President Casey Bloys spoke about Benioff and Weiss and revealed a bit of information about their upcoming Star Wars involvement. “Dan and David are finishing up the final season [of Game of Thrones] and then they are going to go into the Star Wars universe,” Bloys said. “When they come out of that, I assume they will come back to us.”
So first off, that’s a confirmation that Benioff and Weiss are apparently going to begin work in the Star Wars universe once Game of Thrones is done. The eighth and final season of the incredibly popular show will air this spring, so it’s conceivable that they could even begin work on Star Wars later this year.
But the real interesting thing is that Bloys confirms that Benioff and Weiss were offered a trilogy. He explained that it is the reason why their new show, Confederate, has had production delayed a bit (as opposed to it being because of some controversy regarding the announcement): “The delay has to do with [the fact] that they were offered three movies.”
Like I said earlier, most people all along seemed to assume that it was a trilogy, but there was nothing official about it (like there was with Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, which was announced from the outset). Now, however, we have HBO’s President revealing that is indeed the case.
That’s good news, as it means that we now have two future Star Wars trilogies to look forward to. I’d be shocked if at least one of them doesn’t focus on the Old Republic era, and it’s possible that both of them could. Benioff and Weiss obviously have had a ton of success with Game of Thrones, and it will be interesting to see what they do with Star Wars. They will write and produce these films, which will be a trilogy, and will begin work once they finish up with Game of Thrones. We don’t have a release date yet or anything (though I’m hoping and fully expecting that we’ll get some clarity on the future of Star Wars at Celebration this year), but there will still be plenty of Star Wars to enjoy after this year and after the Skywalker saga ends.