Star Wars: Benioff and Weiss’ Films Are Up First

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Game of Thrones series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ Star Wars films will be up first starting in 2022.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the news this morning during the 6th Annual MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.  This ends the speculation that came with last week’s announcement.

“It would be smart for us to take a bit of a hiatus while we figure out what’s next.  Now, we’re not going to wait until IX is released and start figuring it out, we’re actually hard at work doing that already,” he said. “The conclusion that we reached was that three years was the proper amount of time to not only take a breather and reset, but to really gear up for the next film’s release.  We did a deal with David Benioff and D.B Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs.  And we’re not saying anything more about that.”

There has been a lot criticism surrounding the final season of Game of Thrones.  Because of this, there have been many fans speaking out online, especially with last week’s news.  The hope had been that the new films would come from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.  Unfortunately, this is not the case. The treatment of female characters during Game of Thrones will certainly lead to questions about how women will be treated in their films.   It’s still early but the questions come with the criticism.

On the television front, we know that The Mandalorian and the Cassian Andor series are headed to Disney+.  Will there be any more live-action series on the way?  “My guess is there will at least be one more live-action series for Disney+ before we release the next film.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to hit theaters this December.  Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian–starring Pedro Pascal–is set to premiere on Disney+ when it launches this upcoming November.  No release date has been announced yet for the Cassian Andor series, which returns Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk.

The first of three untitled Star Wars films will open in December 22.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.