A great, but very welcome, disturbance was felt in the Force today as Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be hopping aboard a ship from Winterfell to a galaxy far, far away. Game of Thrones is a smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series Game of Thrones for HBO that is just about to air its final season.
The Game of Thrones TV series has attracted a legion of fans for its intricate plots and twists, fascinating characters, and outlandish creations. Just what Star Wars needs as it ventures into territory beyond the Skywalker saga (and the tangentially related Star Wars Story stand-alone films).
Even though we’ve now had 9 Star Wars films, we’ve only explored a corner of the Star Wars galaxy. There’s so much potential waiting to be explored. Disney has secured a pair of creatives that will undoubtedly take us to new and exciting places with fascinating characters and stories that can only be told on the big screen.
According to Lucasfilm, these new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“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.”
No release dates have been set for the new films, and there have (thankfully) been no sightings of White Walkers around Lucasfilm.