Star Wars Celebration begins a little later this month and we’re excited to see and hear what Lucasfilm has planned for the future. There is some hope that we could finally learn what they plan on doing with the films once the Skywalker Saga comes to a close with Star Wars: Episode IX.
We know that Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson is writing an original trilogy with an expectation to direct the first installment and the Game of Thrones showrunners (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) also working on their own string of original films as well. Neither projects have had anything official revealed about them other than they’re likely going to be stepping away from connections to the Skywalker Saga, hopefully becoming their own thing expanding the universe rather than recycling stuff we’ve already seen.
A new article from EntertainmentWeekly has shed some light on George Lucas’ Belfast vacation last year that had the tabloids in a tizzy. While rumors swirled last year from tabloid outlets that George Lucas was location scouting for “Kenobi” in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Paint Hall Studios (the homestead stage location of HBO’s Game of Thrones) with some going as far as to speculate Lucas returning to direct, despite zero evidence of this since leaving the company to Disney years ago. Lucas also doesn’t own the company anymore and retired from filmmaking making those claims even more ridiculous considering his limited involvement these days.
It looks like that little visit was finally explained.
That Star Wars scouting/directing stuff has seemingly been completely debunked as Game of Thrones cast member Liam Cunningham revealed to EW that Lucas was actually in town to meet with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, which makes sense since they’re going to be playing in the Star Wars sandbox soon and Lucas is known to attempt to meet with the folks working on the films either in-person or on the set.
“It’s funny because George came here and talked to the boys, and the one thing the Star Wars franchise has been missing lately is decent storytelling,” opined GoT actor Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos Seaworth. “There’s a lot of brilliant stuff in Star Wars, it’s an epic franchise, but occasionally, story-wise, it’s left a little to be desired. Dan and David are brilliant at surprises and can transfer the demographic from this show to that [franchise]. They’re incredible at adapting a world and making it their own and they could add a layer of complexity to it. I’d love it if they gave me some words to say, though I’d probably just be in a helmet.”
While the two showrunners didn’t confirm the visit they seemingly are already prepared for the backlash they could get from fans, as they already experience that with the HBO fantasy series. I’m sure they’ve taken advice from Lucas on this front along with J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, who have all seen their fair share of backlash from fandom.
“We feel we’re not quite hated enough already by people we don’t know,” Weiss quipped about the potential for Star Wars fandom backlash.
It has yet to be officially announced what the two are planning for their Star Wars films while many have just assumed they will be tackling The Old Republic era, that has yet to actually be made official. Fingers crossed we get some sort of update on what the plan is at Star Wars Celebration later in the month.
In the past, we’ve had a panel that sort showed some concept art or the director/cast speak to what they had planned for the film. This happened for both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story, there are also some assumptions Kathleen Kennedy would at least have the trio talk about their excitement about playing in the sandbox, if we’re not getting casting announcements considering it seems too early for any of that.
SOURCE: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY