How David Benioff and D.B. Weiss could save Star Wars after Rian Johnson nearly Destroyed it



So we just got some really interesting news from the folks at LucasFilm. It turns out that the writers and producers of hit HBO’s Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, are going to be writing and producing a series of Star Wars films. That’s right, Benioff and Weiss are moving to the galaxy far, far away.

In a statement released today, this is what head of LucasFilm Kathleen Kennedy had to say:

“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.”

I find it incredibly exciting too, especially after the fiasco for fans that was Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. They took a story, in this case George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire and turned it into a phenomenally deep and visually stimulating series.

Hearing what Dan and Dave had to say about their new gig also allows me to remain optimistic. I quote:

“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.”

I really like the use of the word “honored” and “a little terrified by the responsibility.” That last phrase is key because it shows that they’re entering into a not just any franchise, but one with possibly the most devoted fan following of any series. While adding their own stories and twists, I think they’ll keep in line within the parameters of what diehard Star Wars fans have come to expect.

I think that the mysterious lore of the Force, the Jedi and the Sith will be kept intact, unlike what I saw in Rian Johnson’s Last Jedi. This was actually one of my biggest gripes with his films. I felt that he tried to do away with everything from Star Wars’ past to go in some new direction that Disney hasn’t figured out. I’m all for new directions, but one can do that without spitting on the existing mythology and characters.

So what can we expect? Who knows. It’s still a long way off. What we do know is that it’ll be separate from the Skywalker saga and the galactic civil war of the original and now the new trilogy. That being said, there’s a lot of cool stuff from the past as portrayed in the extended Universe that could easily make for great stories in a new series. I have a feeling that they’ll venture into some of the history of the Old Republic, maybe even that of the first Jedi, the Sith, the Great Hyperspace and Mandalorian Wars, extended universe fan favorites such as Revan, Darth Bane, or some totally new characters.

Just like in Game of Thrones though, I think we’ll see some epic battle sequences along with some compelling storytelling.

Only time will tell. Until then, may the Force be with them.


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