Last week Disney revealed that the company will be producing three more Star Wars films, the first of which will hit theatres December 16th, 2022, three years after the upcoming culmination of the Skywalker saga “The Rise of Skywalker”. The two following films will be released in December of 2024 and 2026 respectively, alternating release dates with the upcoming sequels to James Cameron’s “Avatar”. Today, at the MoffetNathanson Media & Communications summit, Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger confirmed that the first film of the new Star Wars trilogy will be overseen by Game of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
“We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie will be theirs,” Iger said. “And we’re not saying anything more than that.”
Although the three year hiatus between 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” and a new trilogy had previously been announced, fans were unsure whether the new films would be helmed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, or the Game of Thrones showrunners.
It’s been reported that neither trilogy will feature the Skywalker bloodline, and will instead focus on a new cast of characters in their own time period. The strongest rumour surrounding Weiss and Benioff’s planned trilogy is that they will be based on the Old Republic, and era of Jedi set hundreds of years before the Skywalker saga.
This news leaves the futures of Rian Johnson’s planned Star Wars trilogy uncertain, as there hasn’t yet been news about when that previously announced series will debut.