The creators of the award-winning high fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” Davide Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have been entrusted with developing a new series of films for another giant franchise, Star Wars.
The duo will be writing and producing the new set of films, and they are set to begin work on the new Star Wars film series when “Game of Thrones” ends in 2019.
According to the Star Wars website, the new films will be separate from both the current Skywalker saga, which will end in the upcoming “Star Wars Episode IX,” and the recently announced new trilogy that will be developed by “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson.
In a statement, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy praised Benioff and Weiss, calling the two of the best storytellers today.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kennedy. “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 signing up with the Disney franchise, Benioff and Weiss are set for a dramatic change of scenery from the more adult-oriented “Game of Thrones,” which is known for its violence and nudity, to the more family friendly “Star Wars” franchise.
“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.”
Benioff and Weiss’ high profile commitment to the new franchise casts serious doubts on the fate of the series “Confederate,” which was supposedly their follow-up project after the completion of “Game of Thrones.”
“Confederate” was supposed to tell the stories of the events leading to the Third American Civil War and move to a fictional alternate timeline in which slavery has evolved into a modern institution.