Get ready for more Star Wars films, everyone! Announced today by Lucasfilm on StarWars.com, we learned that the Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will be creating their own series of Star Wars films. That’s right, a whole new set of films based in our favorite galaxy far, far away. And their films won’t be tied to the Skywalker saga or the previously announced Rian Johnson series.

The writing and producing pair got their names thrown into the spotlight when their adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s prolific A Song of Ice and Fire series shot to popularity. There may not be a single person in the Western Hemisphere who hasn’t heard of the show. And with that attached to their resume, they clearly caught the eye of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. She released a statement expressing 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.

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Benioff and Weiss also released a statement, telling everyone of their dreams coming true.

In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. 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.

I’m a mix of excitement and nervousness. Hearing that even more Star Wars films is coming is exciting and nerve-wracking in its own right, given that movie fatigue could set in rather quickly. But now you throw Benioff and Weiss into that mix and I’m not as confident as Kennedy is. The reason why Game of Thrones was a major success was because of Martin’s groundwork. His work is what guided those characters with tweaks here and there by the duo. But this past season has been arguably the worst of them, given that the pair have run out of Martin’s published work and are now improvising. Character decisions don’t make sense, all actions lead to dragonfire, etc etc. I just genuinely don’t have the confidence in them. 

That being said, I’ll definitely be following this news. I mean, I am a huge sucker for Star Wars so I’ll probably be watching anyways. But since the duo aren’t working with material I already know and love (and watch them ruin), it may turn out great for everyone. In the mean time, let’s flail excitedly for more movies coming from the galaxy far, far away!

What do you think of the news? Are you excited or have some doubts? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars news. No release dates have been announced for the upcoming series of films. 

 

 

Erin Lynch