‘Game of Thrones‘ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are set to direct the upcoming ‘Star Wars‘ movie, confirmed Disney CEO Bob Iger. According to Variety, Iger made the announcement on Tuesday at the MoffettNathanson Media and Communications Summit. Disney has revealed a week ago about three upcoming ‘Star Wars’ movies after ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.’ The studio has also announced that the first of three flicks will hit theaters on December 16, 2022.
“We’re hard at work already, but we felt three years was the proper amount of time to not only take a breather and reset, but to gear up for the next film’s release,” Iger is quoted as saying by Variety. “We did a deal with David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who are famous for ‘Game of Thrones’ and the next movie that we release will be theirs, and we’re not saying anything more about that,” he added.
The next two movies in the upcoming trio will come out in 2024 and 2026 respectively. The ‘Star Wars’ movies are supposed to alternate with James Cameron’s long-awaited ‘Avatar‘ sequels, which got new release dates last week. Iger’s announcement confirms the rumors surrounding the ‘Star Wars’ trio and the association of Benioff and Weiss. Disney hinted at the collaboration to create a new generation of ‘Star Wars’ movies in a statement in 2018.
The upcoming ‘Star Wars’ trio is reportedly different from the spinoff saga ‘Skywalker’ franchise that started in 1977 with ‘Star Wars: A New Hope,’ and ends with ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.’ As the third instalment of the ‘Star Wars’ spinoff trilogy and the ninth and final addition to the ‘Star Wars’ film franchise, ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ follows The Force Awakens’ (2015) and ‘The Last’ Jedi’ (2017). The movie, which features an ensemble cast including Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Lupita Nyong’o among others, is slated for a December 20, 2019 release.
The movies of the first ‘Star Wars’ trilogy hit theaters in 1977, 1980 and 1983 respectively. Two more trilogies followed. The first spinoff films of the franchise, ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Solo’ came out in 2016 and 2018 respectively. But after ‘Solo’ met with mixed reviews, Disney decided to revive the franchise with more diverse content.
In the wake of the launch of Disney’s streaming service Disney+ in November, the studio felt “it would be smart for us to take a bit of a hiatus while we figure out what’s next,” Iger said, reports Deadline. He also added that another ‘Star Wars’ series will join the Disney+ ‘Star Wars’ slate of ‘The Mandalorian’ and the untitled prequel to ‘Rogue One’ before the release of David Benioff and Dan Weiss project.