‘Game Of Thrones’ Creators To Write, Produce New ‘Star Wars’ Series
Suzi Pratt

Jewish duo set to transfer their talents to Lucasfilm.

The Jewish creators of HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones,” David Benioff (actually Friedman) and D.B. (Daniel Brett) Weiss, will transfer their talents to a galaxy far, far away. It makes sense on two fronts: 1) “Thrones” alum Emilia Clarke has already made the transition with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and 2) Benioff and Weiss have shown themselves adept at creating fully-realized fantasy worlds. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon when Benioff and Weiss released a joint statement about their next project after the seventh and final season of “Game of Thrones” ends: Writing a new series of “Star Wars” movies.

 

“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is complete,” they said in the statement.

According to Disney, their new film series will be totally separate from the Skywalker saga, which has eight installments, with a ninth arriving in 2019.

“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm in the same press release. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”

In the wake of this news, it is unclear whether or not the creative duo have abandoned their plans for “Confederate,” an alternate history TV show (a la “The Man in the High Castle”) where the American South successfully seceded from the Union in the 1800s and kept the institution of slavery alive in America. Many criticized the show’s concept, especially since it was being handled by a pair of white men.

Nevertheless, Benioff and Weiss have not shied away from their Jewishness over the years. For instance Benioff’s first novel “The 25th Hour” was inspired by his bout with appendicitis after coming home for Passover one year. In addition, he is married to Jewish actress Amanda Peet. Weiss immediately felt a kinship to his writing partner when the two first met in Ireland. As two Jews with no Irish roots, the friendship was instantaneous.

After they're done with "Star Wars," this could be the finished product:

 

 

Game of Thrones

Star Wars

David Benioff

D.B. Weiss

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