Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films!
The Star Wars universe is set to grow even bigger with the announcement this evening that Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are set to develop their own series of Star Wars films separate from both the main saga and Rian Johnson's already announced new trilogy.
“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.”
In addition to Ron Howard's upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story and J.J. Abrams Star Wars: Episode IX we now have two parallel sets of stories being developed by Johnson and the Throne's outgoing showrunners that are set to double the number of films that have come under Disney's watch. While this announcement is sure to raise the question of how much Star Wars is too much Star Wars, we've already had forty years of storytelling in that universe so we're pretty confident that there are plenty of stories left to tell.
Weiss and Benioff were previously tapped to develop Confederate for HBO while Game of Thrones is set to gain a number of spin-offs of its own once the main series ends.
Of course, this latest announcement really isn't addressing the increasing number of voices that are asking for more representation behind the camera and with each new announcement with white male filmmakers jumping behind Star Wars, the idea of getting more diverse voices involved seems further away than ever.