Disney, Lucasfilm make it clear Benioff and Weiss and Rian Johnson will not share a trilogy
Updated: May 17, 2019
Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the first of the next three Star Wars films to be theatrically released after the end of the "Skywalker Saga" will be written by Game of Thrones' showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Iger spoke at the 6th Annual MoffettMathanson Media & Communications Summit, Tuesday.
This news went viral after a string of tweets by Attractions Magazine on Twitter, who was live-tweeting the Q&A session. Iger commented Disney "Will take a bit of a hiatus to figure out what's next." That was followed by tweets included below.
This information is a follow up to Disney's announcement on May 7th of three new untitled Star Wars movies for theatrical release. Since then, fans have asked each other by phone, text, chat room, sub Reddit, tweet, YouTube live stream, and in evening prayers for clarification if this is Benioff and Weiss' trilogy, Rian Johnson's trilogy, or the two projects alternating. According to this tweet, Benioff and Weiss are only confirmed to be writing the Star Wars movie slated for December 2022.
To be fair, I immediately got my dollar tacos from Qdoba and began sifting my social media feeds to uncover fan reaction. I'm well aware that the vocal lot on the internet is a small portion of the millions of Star Wars fans around the globe - Still, some really fascinating conversation. Here's one tweet that captured my attention because it goes against what we know to be true but it gave me the opportunity to unlearn everything I have learned.
An interesting idea and it would certainly get a spectrum of reaction from joy to hate but that's not possible to me based on the information we have confirmed by Lucasfilm as of this present time. I'm by no means picking on Erick. He seems cool and I think it's a fair question but we have enough information to know this isn't the case. Here's the truth, there are two facts we know regarding both of these projects.
Benioff and Weiss are writing and producing a, "Series of movies," that was confirmed on February 6th, 2018.
Rian is writing a trilogy of Star Wars films and directing the first. Johnson was announced to be the writer-director of an all new Star Wars trilogy on November 9th, 2017. Of course, this was prior to the theatrical release of The Last Jedi which hit theaters a few weeks later on December 15th. A decision that showcased Disney's faith in the director and gave fans added excitement about the future of the franchise.
With those two facts in mind, it's clear there are clearly two projects in development. Now to be fair, there was a report of a HBO exec confirming Benioff and Weiss writing and producing a trilogy of films however that information has yet to be confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm. For more information regarding the HBO exec's words, you can read the full report from SWNN here.
Now had either of those two groups come out and confirmed this, I would really have to consider Erick's speculation. It would explain why we have not heard anything on Johnson's trilogy except that it is still happening according to the director himself on Twitter. Many fans wonder if we will hear any official word on his project prior to the release of Episode IX. Maybe Disney wants to keep the focus on The Rise of Skywalker and transitioning the Star Wars storytelling to Disney+ a month prior.
Moving forward, I am most fascinated to learn when Johnson's trilogy will hit theaters. According to Walt Disney Studio's recent updated schedule of theatrical releases, it seems the earliest Johnson's first film could be is 2028 if all three of those movies are the "series of movies from Benioff and Weiss. A nine year wait to " introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored," is a time gap far more disappointing than the three years between Episode IX and the 2022 film.
It's the second bit of an update from Iger that isn't receiving as much attention. A third live-action Star Wars series is under development for Disney+ in addition to The Mandalorian, and the Cassian Andor project.
That's pretty exciting and scary at the same time because many fans will hope for an Obi-Wan series. Of course, it's exciting because if it is an Obi-Wan series, then John Hoey over at StarWarsNewsNet.com was right - we interviewed him on the live show shortly after he released his exclusive report, which you can watch down below.
Of course, if it's not an Obi-Wan series, we are all kept hoping that one day John is correct because how could you root against this story or Ewan McGregor getting to reprise his role as an older Kenobi?
For two tweets, I feel I've really explored an emotional range from wander, to joy, anxiety, and potentially lust. What do you think about this update from Bob Iger? Do you agree with Benioff and Weiss pumping out the first trilogy of films starting in 2022? What will be the focus of this third live-action series on Disney+? Let us know in the comments below! - David A.