By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Are we about to see a new battle for an interstellar Iron Throne? That’s the news out of Lucasfilm as Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have been tapped to write and produce a new Star Wars saga, separate from those being developed by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. And I have a hunch fans are about to get what they’ve always wanted.
“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.”
It’s no secret that Benioff and Weiss have managed to craft an epic series from George RR Martin’s Thrones saga, and with a cinematic feel on an albeit a large, episodic budget. These elements make me wonder if when Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy talks about complex characters and mythology, it means the two Thrones show runners are about to take us into the past for a journey through the events from the classic Lucas Arts video game The Knights of the Old Republic.
Telling what happens before the events of the Skywalker saga has always been on fans wish list to see in theaters, especially after the incredible cut scenes that came along with the BioWare/LucasArts video game, depicting the initial fall of the Jedi Temple to the Darth Revan and the return of the Sith, long before the Luke Skywalker, long before Rey, Kylo and Poe. Long before the Rebellion.
This trailer for the video game, single handedly made fans beg to learn more about this time and era, not only more about the first fall of the Republic, but the complex characters of Darth Malek, the Mandalorians and the lost knights of the Jedi. The cut scenes depict a more brutal time, filled with betrayal, ambition, loss, and struggle. Sound familiar? It would seem to be a natural to enlist those who brought Game of Thrones to HBO and into our collective consciousness.
“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.”
That’s my hope, at least. It fits. Lucasfilm has a new formula … a saga from the present (with the latest trilogy), alternating with stories from the past (the anthology series). There’s so much material from the past in the timeline, that we’ve only gotten glimmers of, but Lucasfilm has gone out of its way to remove most of it from canon and relegate it into “legends.” The good news is, that they’ve been parceling out bits and pieces to put into the official cinematic narrative. And these guys are just the right age to have grown up playing it.
No word on a projected release date, but the final season of Thrones isn’t expected until 2019, and we have Episode IX and that upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi film to look forward to. Meanwhile, Rian Johnson’s new trilogy is going to probably look forward, to whatever happens after Episode IX and the Skywalker saga, so whether or not Benioff and Weiss will bring us a story from the past, is at the moment the subject of speculation. One thing we do know is that Kennedy has already said that there’s enough material in the Lucasian saga to last another hundred years. The dicey part though, is just how mature Thrones is.
This won’t be your kids’ Star Wars saga, that’s for sure.
Hat Tip – StarWars.com