From Westeros To A Galaxy Far, Far Away
♦ News was announced yesterday that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss will be working on a new series of Star Wars films. Here’s Variety filling in some of the details…
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films, Disney announced on Tuesday.
The new series will be separate from the main episodic Skywalker saga that started with Star Wars: A New Hope and is slated to wrap up with 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX. It will also exist independently from a Rian Johnson-helmed series that was announced last year.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, 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.”
It also comes at a time of transition for Benioff and Weiss. Game of Thrones, their sprawling fantasy epic, will end its run on HBO in 2019. The show has been a massive hit for the premium cabler and has been hailed by fanboys and critics alike for its ability to mix spectacle and political wrangling. Game of Thrones is adapted from George R.R. Martin’s book series of the same name.
“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 a joint statement. “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.”
Disney did not give a timeline for when these new Benioff and Weiss-penned films will hit theaters. On an earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the two men had approached the studio with an idea a while ago. Even though the duo made their name in television, Iger said they were not interested in doing something on the small screen.
“Their interest was in creating a series of films that are ‘Star Wars’ based,” said Iger. “To my knowledge they didn’t express interest about a series.”
Iger has keep quiet on any plot details except to say that the writers and producers are “…focused on a point of time in the ‘Star Wars’ mythology.”