Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' upcoming Star Wars project will be a trilogy of films. The producing duo is set to transition to the galaxy far, far away after they wrap up their work on Westeros this year.
Signing up for the still-unknown Star Wars project February of last year, there's still not much known about the film series. Over the course of the year, Lucasfilm has been largely mum about anything that pertains to their future although a couple of big screen offerings have already been announced like Benioff and Weiss' films which they will be both producing and writing, as well as Rian Johnson's own set of movies. These new films won't have any connection whatsoever with the Skywalker/Solo narrative, which is already the center of the episodic flicks.
Now, we learn a little bit more about this mysterious project with a brand new report from TV Line claiming that "Weiss and Benioff signed on to write and produce a new trilogy of Star Wars films." The article is in conjunction of the two's work on HBO's Game of Thrones and how it affects their next small screen project - the controversial Confederate. As it turns out, despite the backlash, the network is still pushing through with the alternate reality series. Given that their Star Wars gig isn't the main focus of the bit, there weren't any other details revealed about the trilogy. Nonetheless, fans welcome the information.
Lucasfilm remains tightlipped about the matter for now, and it's understandable considering that their efforts are currently geared towards J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX, which is due to come out before the year ends. When Episode IX started production last summer, it was confirmed the film would be the last episode in the Skywalker saga, which means the franchise would have to find new ways to continue outside of Darth Vader's lineage. Additionally, since Benioff and Weiss are occupied with the upcoming release of Game of Thrones' final season, chances are that they want the press to focus on the HBO series rather than their future gig. Perhaps they can finally announce it formally at this year's Star Wars Celebration.
Knowing that the Benioff and Weiss' series won't be connected to the Skywalker saga, and also independent from Johnson's own set of films, the duo's project is going to take place in the franchise's unexplored time periods. That means that it will either be set in the far future or the distant past - which frankly sounds promising especially in terms of the film series' sustainability. Most of the more recent Star Wars project are either set in the contemporary setting, or in the eras that have already been tackled before. Branching out to other space and time settings will open up the lore and allow more storytelling opportunities moving forward.
Source: TV Line
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