The new sequence shall be separate from the primary episodic Skywalker saga that began with “Star Wars: A New Hope” and is slated to wrap up with 2019’s “Star Wars: Episode IX.” It may also exist independently from a Rian Johnson-helmed series that was announced last year.
“David and Dan are a few of the greatest storytellers working at the moment,” stated Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a press release. “Their command of complicated characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new floor and boldly push Star Wars in methods I discover extremely thrilling.”
It additionally comes at a time of transition for Benioff and Weiss. “Game of Thrones,” their sprawling fantasy epic, will finish its run on HBO in 2019. The present has been a large hit for the premium cabler and has been hailed by fanboys and critics alike for its skill to combine spectacle and political wrangling. “Game of Thrones” is tailored from George R.R. Martin’s guide sequence of the identical identify.
Benioff and Weiss beforehand introduced that they have been creating one other sequence for HBO referred to as “Confederate.” However, that present generated a great deal of controversy over its plotline — it’s an alternate historical past sequence that imagines that the American Civil warfare led to a stalemate and slavery stays authorized — which some deemed insensitive. HBO declined to touch upon the way forward for that sequence.
“In the summer time of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far-off, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss stated in a joint assertion. “We are honored by the chance, a bit terrified by the duty, and so excited to get began as quickly as the ultimate season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is full.”
In 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm, the corporate behind the “Star Wars” sequence, for greater than $four billion. Since that point, the studio has been exploring novel methods to increase a galaxy far, far-off past the Skywalker household’s struggles and to maximise their funding. In addition to a brand new trilogy that unites acquainted characters equivalent to Luke Skywalker with new Jedi warriors, the studio has backed standalone spinoff movies equivalent to “Rogue One” and subsequent summer time’s “Solo,” a have a look at the early years of Han Solo.
Disney didn’t give a timeline for when these new Benioff and Weiss-penned movies will hit theaters.
Benioff and Weiss are repped by CAA, Management 360, and legal professional Gretchen Rush.