When Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss complete their song of ice and fire, they’ll be jumping into hyperspace for the Star Wars galaxy.
As announced on StarWars.com, Benioff and Weiss will “write and produce” a new series of Star Wars films separate from the numbered Skywalker saga and the trilogy spearheaded by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement accompanying the StarWars.com post. “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 a statement of their own, Benioff and Weiss said, “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 HBO series is expected to air its final season in 2019.
It is currently unclear when “D and D’s” series will center on. But it definitely seems clear that Lucasfilm is shifting away from the anthology idea — which morphed into the “Star Wars Stories” films toward a future of planned serialized stories which will no doubt overlap in the release schedule and, probably, take the place of the Skywalker saga for sometime following the release of Episode IX in 2019.
As a fan of both Game of Thrones and Star Wars, this seems like a winning combination. Provided they don’t backload the final film with dragons and explosions and the like.