It was announced earlier this week that three new Star Wars films will be heading to cinemas in the coming years. However, no news has surfaced about whether this new trio of films, coming in 2022, 2024 and 2026, will be helmed by either Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss or The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson.
We've known for some time that the Game of Thrones duo and the Episode VIII director both have Star Wars trilogies in the works, so chances are high that the films slated for the coming decade will be the work of at least one of them. The trouble is, both D&D (Benioff and Weiss) and Rian Johnson have come under fire in recent times.
The backlash against The Last Jedi has been widely reported since its 2017 release and a lot of hate was aimed at the film's director as a result. Meanwhile, the last two seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones have also received criticism from viewers for the show's direction since it overtook George R.R. Martin's book series.
While the decision to use D&D and Johnson seemed like solid choices when their films were first announced, scepticism will surely be high after their recent efforts most notably the Game of Thrones showrunners who've overseen the series since it debuted in 2011.
Benioff and Weiss have handled Game of Thrones expertly in the eight years since the show came to out airwaves but there has been a noticeable decline in quality since the end of Season 5 when the show overtook the book series, particularly in Season 7.
While obviously many are excited about the prospect of a Star Wars trilogy ran by the Game of Thrones due, others are growing nervous that D&D could have their work cut out creating an entirely new series of films without any source material to use as a starting point.
However, rumours emerged in the wake of Star Wars Celebration this year that Lucasfilm are supposedly working on an Old Republic era project, set thousands of years before the events of the Skywalker saga. This could be ideal for Benioff and Weiss as several years worth of lore-building work exists thanks to the Star Wars Legends series, which built up a huge array of characters and storylines that could be put to brilliant use in future films or TV shows.
After the recent seasons of Game of Thrones, which have strayed into troubled water narratively, having pre-existing work for D&D to utilise could prove a special combination in Disney's attempt to expand the Star Wars universe beyond the Skywalker saga we've come to know.
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