“Game of Thrones” superstar producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going from the small screen to the big — the really big — after wrapping the hit HBO series. Disney announced Tuesday it has hired the duo to write and produce a new series of films based on its “Star Wars” franchise.
The studio said the Benioff/Weiss series will be entirely distinct from the new trilogy under development by Rian Johnson, whose holiday blockbuster “The Last Jedi” was one of the highest grossing films in history. Their new films will also be distinct from the Skywalker saga. In fact, it was left unsaid by Disney exactly what part of the “Star Wars” canon would be explored or whether they would establish a new one. No launch date was set.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today [while] 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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chief of Lucasfilm.
Also unknown is the effect — if any — this will have on the controversial Benioff/Weiss project for HBO, “Confederate,” a historic revisionist account set in present time in an America where the South had won the Civil War and where slavery remained.
Both HBO and the producers have been largely silent on the project since its announcement — an indication by some that perhaps HBO has since cooled to the idea. There was considerable blowback in the wake of the announcement, much of it on social media where many wondered why HBO sought to fictionally re-imagine the most wrenching period in American history.