Game Of Empires – Thrones showrunners to create new Star Wars
The creators of long-running, TV series Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have been announced as the writers and producers of a new set of Star Wars movies. Benioff and Weiss, whose adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy epic A Song of Fire and Ice has been wowing television audiences since 2011, made a joint statement on their appointment, saying, “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 terrifi ed by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the fi nal season of Game of Thrones is complete.” With that show set to conclude with its eighth season in 2019, fans will have a while to wait until we discover what the duo are planning for their Star Wars saga, which is entirely separate from the trilogy also under development by Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson. In the announcement made on February 6 the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, said, “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 fi nd incredibly exciting.” In associated news, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during the company’s annual First Quarter conference call that “not just one but a few Star Wars series” are under development for Disney’s new streaming platform, which is due to launch in the U.S. sometime in 2019. Details remain shrouded in mystery, but it’s clear that Star Wars has an exciting future with a destiny stretching far beyond the fi nale of the Skywalker saga in J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX.