While in the past, Star Wars films were an uncommon cinematic treat, nowadays they seem to be on the verge of copying the “production-line” model of the MCU. Excluding the Star Wars Story anthology, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson was given the opportunity to develop a new trilogy.
Long before Johnson could even start work on initial concepts, news has come out that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the HBO cash cow medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones have also be tapped by Lucasfilm to knock about a few ideas toward another Star Wars film series.
To be precise, the movies being given to Weiss and Benioff to develop will be separate from what Johnson is already set to work on. Furthermore, while the Johnson films will be a trilogy in line with the “Episodic” films that have come before, those of the Thrones duo looks to be yet another anthology distinct from the Star Wars Story series that include Rogue One and the upcoming Solo.
This was first shared on the official Star Wars website, with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy praising Benioff and Weiss as master storytellers with command of complex characters and deep mythology.
For their part, the Game of Thrones creators do admit to being solid franchise fans since watching the first Star Wars film in 1997, and that they’re both “honored and terrified” of the sheer weight that such a role is being given to them.
Of course, any movie developed by either Benioff-Weiss or Rian Johnson will still be far off, but the deluge of new Star Wars movies in years to come is something to consider. At present, the Thrones duo is finishing up the eighth and final season of the show, and this time on their hands for film development might stem from the fact that their next HBO series Confederate is on indefinite hold.
Meanwhile, Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to premiere this coming May, and that’s something to immediately look forward to.