Just in case there wasn't enough Star Wars material on the horizon, with Episode IX, Solo, Rian Johnson's trilogy, Disney's live-action TV series, and more Rebels, the franchise's official site announced today that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce "a new series of Star Wars films."
Benioff and Weiss, of course, are best known as showrunners on a TV show called Game of Thrones. It's on HBO. You may have seen it. For the writers and Lucasfilm alike, this is a seriously big get, moving the talent behind TV's biggest franchise onto...the world's biggest franchise.
“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.”
This series will be separate from Johnson's trilogy and all other previously-announced films. Hopefully that - and Kennedy's "break new ground" quote - suggests that Lucasfilm will finally make good on its promise of truly expanding the Star Wars universe. It'd be nice to see a movie in that universe without winking cameos from fan-favourite characters.
No directors have yet been announced; perhaps Benioff and Weiss could convince Michelle MacLaren to take the reins. That'd be nice, wouldn't it, Lucasfilm?
Post your best Star Wars / Game of Thrones crossover jokes in the comments below. You know you were going to anyway. (Not that these new films will be anything like Game of Thrones; Benioff and Weiss are professional screenwriters and can work in more than one genre.)