A long time ago, between 2017 and 2018, it was good times for Star Wars. Disney announced two new trilogy movies, one by Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson and another by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. That was before the dark times, before the slowdown…
Last week we found out that the slowdown with Star Wars was real, and though Star Wars is not dead, we won’t be getting a new movie until 2021. Even with that, it was unknown what form the new trilogy would take (eg. when will it take place, who will write/direct it, etc). Though the upcoming trilogy is still shrouded in mystery, as all things Star Wars are, we now know who will be in charge. During the MoffetNathanson Media & Communications summit, Disney chairman Bog Iger confirmed that the Game of Thrones showrunners would be the guys in charge:
“Now we’re not going to wait until [Episode] 9 is released and then start figuring it out. We’re actually hard at work doing that already. The conclusion that we reached was three years was the proper amount of time to not only take a breather and reset, but to really gear up for the next films released. We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie we release will be theirs. And we’re not saying anything more about that.”
So that’s all we’re going to get about that. You can guess if it will be a Knights of the Old Republic type of story because of the Game of Thrones thing, but hey Benioff worked on the writing side of X-Men Origins: Wolverine so who knows?
So that’s the film side. It doesn’t seem like Star Wars will slowing down all that much on the smaller screen. In addition to more animated fare with Star Wars Resistance and a new season of The Clone Wars, there are those live-action streaming shows on Disney+. First up will be The Mandalorian, and then one focused on the Rogue One character Cassian Andor, but will there be more? According to Iger, maybe?
“In the interim [between film trilogies], we are producing two live-action Star Wars series for Disney+. One of them is called The Mandalorian, which is being supervised by Jon Favreau, and the other one is a bit of a prequel to Rogue One. My guess is there will probably be one more, at least one more, live-action series that we produce for Disney+, meaning a Star Wars series, before we release the next film.”
Until then, there is the final episode of the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, arriving December 20.