Will dragons burn the Star Wars galaxy to the ground? We may have to wait and see, but we won’t have to wait too long. In 2022, the next official Star Wars movie will 100 percent be directed by David Benioff and D.B Weiss. On Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed this saying: “We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B 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.”
In a sense, this isn’t exactly brand-new news, but instead, a confirmation of what many have already suspected. After Disney announced that the next three Star Wars movies would come out in 2022, 2024, and 2026, respectively, savvy folks have known this only means two things: either the first of those movies would be directed and written by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi) or by Benioff and Weiss. Turns out, it’s the latter; the Game of Thrones boys.
In 2018 people who loved both Game of Thrones and Star Wars received what was probably good news: David Benioff and D.B Weiss were confirmed to be directing several new Star Wars movies. But now, a year later, with the controversial state of Game of Thrones, is everyone still pumped up for a new Star Wars movies made by the guys who just had the beloved Daenerys go on a murdering spree?
If you’ve grown lukewarm on Game of Thrones, and the writing team of David Benioff and D.B Weiss specifically, Bob Iger basically just said: tough luck if you like Star Wars. It’s also totally unclear what the Benioff and Weiss Star Wars films will even be about or if they’ll continue to be as family-friendly as (most) of the previous installments of the franchise.
Then again, if Star Wars and Game of Thrones have anything in common it’s the fact that both franchises have likable characters (Anakin Skywalker/Daenerys) commit horrible atrocities. The difference with Star Wars is that usually there’s some kind of moral lesson orbiting the actions of a Darth Vader or a Kylo Ren. With Game of Thrones, ethics surrounding violence are murkier. And with seemingly half of America up-in-arms about the disappointing final season of Thrones, Iger’s confirmation that Benioff and Weiss are the shining future for a galaxy far, far away also feels anti-climactic. Because even if you’re still a huge fan of Game of Thrones, pretty much everyone can agree that no one wants to see a Star Wars version of “The Bells” or “The Red Wedding.”
The pop culture future is pretty hard to predict, but right now, after The Rise of Skywalker, the dragon masters of Westeros are in charge of the Force. Whether we like it or not.
Game of Thrones airs its final episode this Sunday, May 19, which is, ironically or not, the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
The first Star Wars film from Benioff and Weiss is out on December 16, 2022
The next Star Wars film; The Rise of Skywalker is out on December 20, 2019.