David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the duo responsible for HBO's smashing success Game of Thrones, have been tapped to write a series of Star Wars films. But now has come the news that they've been hired by Lucasfilm to write and produce a brand new series of Star Wars movies. With Game of Thrones entering its final season, it puts Weiss and Benioff at a very opportune position and it looks like Disney is taking advantage of it. There aren't even any details if the anthology films fall under their own separate banner or will be part of Benioff and Davis' work. That will tell the origin story of Han Solo, made famous by Harrison Ford in the original trilogy. It certainly hasn't been explored cinematically, and there's a lot of rich potential for stories there.
But not everyone was thrilled by the announcement, which once again underscored the lack of female or ethnic minority directors in the "Star Wars" universe, a marked contrast to the diversity Lucasfilm has promoted in front of camera.
Benioff and Weiss said on Tuesday they had always been "Star Wars" fans.
The hit series, Game of Thrones, is set to return for its eighth and final season later in 2019 on HBO.
As exciting as the news is, it's also a reminder that even though Disney is pumping out the Star Wars films, they still have a very strong preference to white, male directors and writers, something even Rian Johnson commented on a year ago.
Every official Star Wars channel took a Tuesday opportunity to make GoT references, including a Twitter call to "send a raven" and the announcement's joke that "there have (thankfully) been no sightings of White Walkers around Lucasfilm".
Disney's commitment to the super-premium model encompasses its current and future lineup of Marvel TV programming (which Disney eventually plans to pull from Netflix), as well as newly-developed streaming shows based on Monsters, Inc., High School Musical, and - you guessed it - Star Wars.