The duo behind one of the most successful TV shows in recent memory will journey from Westeros to a galaxy far, far away. Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have landed a deal to write and produce a trilogy of Star Wars films.
This series will stand apart from the mainline Skywalker saga, and will not be connected to the separate Star Wars trilogy that Rian Johnson, writer-director of The Last Jedi, is developing.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy called the duo “some of the best storytellers working today,” praising their “command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology.” Kennedy promised that Benioff and Weiss “will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways [she finds] incredibly exciting.”
Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement that they’ve been dreaming of Star Wars ever since watching the first film in 1977. “We are honoured 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,” they stated. The epic fantasy series is set to wrap up in 2019, with the duo set to direct the series finale themselves.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
The duo is also developing a series called Confederate for HBO. The show, set in an alternate reality in which the Confederacy exists in present day and slaves are owned by mega-conglomerates, attracted fierce controversy. Further details on Confederate and how Benioff and Weiss will juggle that show and Star Wars have yet to be revealed.
Benioff’s other credits include Troy and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Both Benioff and Weiss also worked on an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The penchant for sex and gory violence on display in Game of Thrones is expected to be tamped down in the new Star Wars trilogy.