Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are reportedly going to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.
Since Disney purchased the franchise, we’ve enjoyed many a new Star Wars project, from the latest trilogy, to the more expansive origin stories – and it seems that Lucasfilm isn’t planning to slow down any time soon. We’ve barely recovered from The Last Jedi, and they’ve already begun marketing for May’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. Furthermore, J.J. Abrams will begin filming for Episode IX this year, and if that wasn’t enough, Disney and Lucasfilm are already planning a future for the franchise beyond the Skywalker family.
Before the release of The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm announced that Episode VIII director Rian Johnson would helm a new trilogy of films, to exist separately from the original saga. And it seems that Kathleen Kennedy isn’t stopping there, as it seems that there is another new Star Wars series on the way.
In a press release, Lucasfilm announced that Weiss and Benioff will write and produce the as-yet untitled series, to be separate from both the Skywalker trilogy and Johnson’s new trilogy. While no release dates have been set, Kennedy wasn’t shy in sharing her excitement:
“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.”
There’s no doubt that it’s exciting for Lucasfilm to bring Weiss and Benioff on board, however, with Solo, Episode IX, and two new film series on the horizon, we can’t help but wonder whether it’s all too much. As it stands, each new Star Wars release is an event in itself, and we may end up being spoiled by so many releases – and Lucasfilm could well be spreading themselves too thin.