The official Star Wars site revealed something pretty unexpected today in regards to the property as a new series of films are going to be developed for it. With the Skywalker saga of films seeming like they might wrap up for awhile with Episode IX next year and Rian Johnson developing a trilogy of films of his own design, Lucasfilm revealed that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are set for their own series of new Star Wars films. The two have been the shepherds of adapting the Game of Thrones novels on HBO, a herculean task that didn’t always please many fans because of the scale of the books and their interconnected stories that couldn’t be brought to the screen in a lot of ways, but it looks like here they’ll be able to work without quite the same kinds of demands.
Naturally, because of what they’ve worked on in the past there’s plenty of speculation about a Knighs of the Old Republic franchise that they’d be ideal for. And we’re down with that, though thankfully the franchise is wide open with what it can do. We’ll just be glad to move away from this sliver of a timeline that the films have been working in for the last few decades.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “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.”
“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.”
The pair will be working on the new films once they finish up the final season of Game of Thrones that arrives next year.