Remember the time Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were going to make an HBO series that imagined the Confederacy had won the American Civil War? That’s apparently on hold because it’s a bad idea, and also because Lucasfilm just hired them to write and produce a bunch of Star Wars movies.
Benioff and Weiss will begin work on the new Star Wars franchise after the last season of Game of Thrones is complete. Their series won’t be connected to the Skywalker saga (the episodic ones with Luke and Rey) or the recently announced trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, “David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today. 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.”
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss also released a statement, saying:
In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. 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.
Honestly, I was kind of hoping Disney would start recruiting more diverse filmmakers to helm future Star Wars movies. Still, D&D are obviously good at what they do, and, more importantly for Lucasfilm, they’re reliable. Half-heartedly, it’s good news. I wonder what George R. R. Martin thinks.
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