After the lukewarm response from the trailer release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it seems that Disney is attempting to plan out its next batch of movies. In December, Lucasfilm announced that a new trilogy would be created by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. It seems that HBO’s Game of Thrones masterminds David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will take on another trilogy.
Lucasfilm announced that the duo would be writing and producing a new set of trilogies that would operate outside the trilogy that Johnson is working on. As you may have noticed, Disney plans to release a Star Wars movie every year. Currently, we have the main trilogy being released every two years, while there is a standalone movie released in the intervening years. That would seem to be the plan moving forward.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in making the announcement today on StarWars.com. “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 Benioff and Weiss: “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.”
Game of Thrones is currently in production of its final season, set for a 2019 release. There is no release dates or ideas released for the next batch of movies. This could be a more stable production setting than has been used in the past. Each standalone movie in the past as had directors shepherd their own productions which have led to high-profile changes before release.
Using a showrunner team, who is writing the scripts, will allow them to have a series of stories in place. Thus, they would bring in a director to film those scripts. It seems more of a stabilizing force for the series, but will they be good is the main question. We will see if this improves the behind-the-sceens battles in the future.