February has been a relatively calm month, despite the odd bit of interesting news popping up here and there — so who would have imagined that one of the biggest pieces of movie news was about to drop on us like a nuclear bomb? This is massive, guys, MASSIVE! The collision course is set, and Lucasfilm has pulled off a coup.
Let me repeat this in case you haven’t wrapped your head around the title yet: The creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones will write and produce the next Star Wars trilogy.
This enormous announcement comes at a perfect moment; after all, The Last Jedi wasn’t the most loved Star Wars movie, receiving a great amount of criticism and questions, from even the most loyal members of the cast themselves, as Rian Johnson took certain storylines on paths we would rather not have seen. While the third (and ninth overall, series-wise) movie of the trilogy will be directed by The Force Awakens’ J.J. “Lens Flare” Abrams once more, there is a feeling that there isn’t enough screen time left for him to save what has seemed like an underwhelming new look at the epic Star Wars saga.
Why this changes everything
The eighth and final season of the amazing Game of Thrones is already in production and will be aired in 2019, so that left people wondering what the next production by the incredible duo of Benioff and Weiss would be. After all, lightning rarely strikes twice, and most great writing partnerships fade away into nothingness.
Not in this case, buddy.
Although George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire universe is big enough as is, Star Wars is an entirely different monster. It was hard enough to believe that Benioff and Weiss could find a gig as big as Game of Thrones so soon, but to take a step-up?! That alone is beyond incredible.
Their ability to develop unique, interesting characters (without the desperate need to stick with source materials to stay relevant) and gripping storylines that make no use of filler scenes; the way they’ve taken GRRM’s work and found ways to improve it in certain aspects; and the fascinating manner in which they’ve picked up an unfinished work and are closer to giving it a thrilling, satisfying conclusion than the author itself, well…these guys are the Big Bosses of the movie/series world.
Whatever happens with the end of the current trilogy — which we can only hope ends well, whatever opinion we may have of it — we can be certain that the next movies will be something truly unbelievable.
When do the next movies come out, and what can we expect?
Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars saga meant big things for the universe as a whole: there is a TV series in development, as well as other TV projects that are gaining ground and could be out as early as 2019 — furthermore, a third new trilogy could be in the making once the first two are done. Another? You may ask, but there is certainly enough material to work with, as well as massive galaxy that has barely been explored.
There isn’t much info to work with right now, but it has been pretty much confirmed that the next trilogy (Benioff and Weiss’, that is) will take the great saga to new places, which means that we will finally say goodbye to our favorite characters in J.J. Abrams’ installment of the current trilogy.
Exciting times are coming for fans of Star Wars, and not even the return of Jar Jar Binks himself will ruin them!
What’s your take on this impressive announcement? Will you be watching Benioff and Weiss’ take on the Star Wars universe? Are you a fan of Jar Jar Binks and feel offended by what I’m implying in the last sentence of the article? Comment below!
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