Game of Thrones‘ Series Creators to Write & Produce new Star Wars Films
A galaxy far, far away is about to get an influx of talent from the treacherous realm of Westeros in what has to be the most potent combination of TV and film franchises ever. Hard stop. Game of Thrones‘ creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will be writing and producing a new series of Star Wars films, Disney has announced.
Let that sit for a second. Now imagine Davos on a speeder, racing through King’s Landing. Who’s that over there, Brienne of Tarth with a lightsaber? Wouldn’t The Hound and Chewie be best friends? Okay now stop, as this isn’t a crossover, but still—it’s hard not to let your imagination run wild when you hear this news.
After waiting 16-years for a new Star Wars film, between 1983’s Return of the Jedi and 1999’s Phantom Menace, we’re now living in an age where multiple Star Wars films, along multiple timelines, are being produced. The Last Jedi just came out on December 15, 2017, with Solo: A Star Wars Story due out in late May. Weiss and Benioff’s series is separate from the one The Last Jedi’s writer/director Rian Johnson is now working on. It will also be separate from the Skywalker saga films, which began with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and will end with J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX.
Weiss and Benioff’s run with Game of Thrones clearly proved to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy that they’ve got the right stuff to go from the medieval/fantasy world of Westeros to a cosmic drama filled with Wookies, porgs and complicated mentor/mentee relationships.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Kennedy said in a statement. “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.”
So your dream of seeing Tyrion ride a dragon now seems quaint. The real dream would be to bear witness to Tyrion riding a Tauntaun.
Featured image: LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 18: Writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for ‘Game of Thrones’ episode ‘Battle of the Bastards’ onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)