Star Wars is in an interesting phase right now. With the release of Episode IX this December, the Skywalker saga, an operatic storyline that has been told over the span of three decades, will finally come to a close. So, what next? It looks like for the first time ever, the movies will be moving away completely from the Skywalkers (remember, even Rogue One and Solo are films that either feature Skywalkers or have tie ins to them) and tell completely different Star Wars stories.
Rian Johnson’s new trilogy is rumoured to be set in unexplored regions of the galaxy far far away. But what fans have really been salivating for is the film trilogy set to be written and produced by the creators of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. And because of their Game of Thrones background, fans have been speculating for months and months now that the duo’s trilogy will be set during the Old Republic with epic battle sequences between the Jedi and the Sith. Well, it looks like our wish just might come true.
Star Wars News Net did some digging and discovered some juicy details. Here’s what their sources had to say:
“…approached about working on the next movie this Autumn. It is not the Rian Johnson trilogy, it is the Game of Thrones guys’ first movie, and it is set during the Old Republic, as Disney wants to open up the Star Wars timeline and appeal to a more ‘Game of Thrones‘ style audience. The timeline is hundreds of years prior to the Skywalkers, so think almost Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings.”
This is bloody exciting news! Imagine watching tens of thousands of Jedi and Sith standing on opposite ends of the battlefield. Imagine a similar speech to Aragorn’s at the Black Gate. Imagine thousands of lightsaber igniting simultaneously. Just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine.
However, before we get too excited, do remember that this is merely a rumour for now as sources tell Star Wars News Net that they’re only “95% confident that this is accurate.” Looks like we’ll have to wait till Star Wars Celebration in December to get more concrete news.
But for now, do enjoy this cinematic trailer from the 2011 Star Wars Old Republic video game (not part of the official canon).