There has been a lot of speculation of late as to where Lucasfilm goes with ‘Star Wars’ after ‘Episode IX’ hits theaters this winter, especially with all the announcements that the film will be the “end” of the Skywalker Saga, which has always been the bread and butter of the franchise. The rumor mill has been churning out ideas for a few years now, especially with Rian Johnson working on his own trilogy for Lucasfilm set in the ‘Star Wars’ universe (which may not sound all that exciting to those who did not love ‘The Last Jedi’), but more intriguing is the fact that Lucasfilm also signed on D.B. Weiss and David Benioff (you know, the guys behind ‘Game of Thrones‘) to do their own ‘Star Wars’ trilogy. Fans have long speculated that their particular experience might lend itself well to a series set in the distant past of the ‘Star Wars’ mythology, and according to a source known to Star Wars News Net (as reported by /film), there may be some credibility to this idea.
Apparently, the source, who has proof that he has worked on every Disney-owned ‘Star Wars’ film, is”95% confident this is accurate,” and claims he was:
“…approached about working on the next movie this Autumn. It is not the Rian Johnson trilogy, it is the ‘Game of Thrones‘ guys’ first movie, and it is set during the Old Republic, as Disney wants to open up the ‘Star Wars‘ timeline and appeal to a more ‘Game of Thrones‘ style audience.”
Which, in the current climate, with all of the fan excitement about the final season of ‘Thrones’ and the vacuum the show’s ending will leave, sounds like a great idea. The source went on to say that production is just about ready to go, stating:
“Filming starts in the fall, and art departments are in design phases now as the script is being finalized.”
Strangely, according to the reports coming out, the movie will not take place thousands of years before the current timeline as the game ‘Knights of the Old Republic’ (the current high bar for stories set in that era) did, instead, it will take place a few hundred years before the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, which still leaves a lot of wiggle room for Weiss and Benioff to tell their own story, and not be constrained by the current continuity. And if the film does manage to find that magical mixture of ‘Game of Thrones’ meets ‘Star Wars,’ it could truly be Force to be reckoned with (insert groan here).
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