Earlier today, Star Wars fans got a pleasant surprise. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, of Game of Thrones fame, are soon to join Lucasfilm. They've been recruited to act as writers and producers for a whole new series of Star Wars movies. Right now, not much is known about these films - we've literally had a single press release.
Surprisingly, though, that press release actually drops a lot of hints as to the future of the Star Wars saga. So here's what we know so far!
Benioff & Weiss Are Producing / Writing, Not Directing
Lucasfilm have recruited Benioff and Weiss to write and produce these new films, not direct them. These movies will be independent from both the "Skywalker Saga" and Rian Johnson's trilogy. That's particularly intriguing, given the "Skywalker Saga" is due to come to an end in 2019. Han Solo and Luke Skywalker have both died in the Sequel Trilogy, and Carrie Fisher sadly passed away in 2016. Lucasfilm is charting the future of the franchise, and they've chosen a team of writer / producers who excel at world-building.
"In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since," Benioff and Weiss said in an official statement. "We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started."
It's worth noting that, as important as Benioff and Weiss will be to creating the new Star Wars movies, it will fall to Lucasfilm's chosen directors to actually create them. So don't expect the tone and style of Game of Thrones on the big screen.
This Is A Series, Not Just One Movie
It seems Benioff and Weiss have been hired to create a whole new corner of the Star Wars galaxy. This isn't intended to be a solo anthology film. It isn't even intended to be the beginning of a new trilogy. Instead, Lucasfilm want Benioff and Weiss to exercise their world-building skills to create something new.
This raises an intriguing question; what will happen to the standalone Star Wars movies? The anthology films have proved to be a remarkable success; Rogue One grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Solo is a little more uncertain, though; the movie has had a troubled production, and fans are still very wary indeed. Now Lucasfilm has signed up to both a new trilogy and a new series. Will the anthologies continue, or will Lucasfilm change strategy?
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019