With the recent announcement that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the creators behind the HBO smash hit Game Of Thrones are joining the Star Wars universe by overseeing the development of a new trilogy, which will be unrelated to Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, fans across the world were ecstatic to have the creative prowess behind one of television’s best shows join the beloved franchise.
Some however, took to social media to voice their displeasure at the choices being made for the storytellers within the Star Wars universe. TV critic Mo Ryan from Variety, pointed out that with the recent announcement, every storyteller in the franchise since it’s inception in 1977 have been white and with the exception of Leigh Brackett, who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, have been male, white males being 96% of the driving force behind Star Wars.
I added up all the writers & directors who've ever been hired to work on a Star Wars film. The creative roster is 96% white men. I've got a bad feeling about this. Here are my thoughts (and the math): https://t.co/9v76Ljnmhg
— Mo Ryan (@moryan) February 7, 2018
Angie Han over at Mashable stated that “By continuing to hire only white men, Lucasfilm is not helplessly reflecting some unfortunate but unchangeable norm,” Han writes. “It’s making an active choice to reinforce a status quo that rewards white men while systematically shutting out anyone else.”
The Blacklist founder Franklin Leonard, did go on twitter to say that there have been rumors of Lucasfilm hiring women and people of color as creators and storytellers to further expand the Star Wars universe.
If the rumors are true that Lucasfilm has hired multiple women and people of color to write and direct Star Wars films and kept it quiet to respect their privacy, I happily and humbly withdraw my previous criticisms and hope that privacy remains respected.
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) February 7, 2018
The discussion doesn’t end there, and the thread goes on and on as this topic surely incites a lot of personal opinion and frustration. For now, it seems the consensus is that fans want diversity behind the camera as much as they want in on screen. Time will tell if the situation changes, but with a Star Wars movie set to release every year, one can be optimistic that the vast Star Wars universe will be home to a plethora of diverse storytellers. The next entry in the saga, Solo: A Star Wars Story, is set for release on May 25 2018. Below is the synopsis:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany and Ian Kenny.
10 Potential Directors For The New ‘Star Wars’ Films From David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Star Wars has been in the news quite a bit lately. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the biggest (and most divisive) film of the year. Solo: A Star Wars Story finally released a trailer that lit up social media. Now, Lucasfilm has announced that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed on to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films, separate from the already confirmed trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and the Skywalker Saga.
Little is known about these projects at this point. Will these films follow an original storyline or will they draw from the original expanded universe material (possibly a Knights of the Old Republic adaptation?) yet that does not mean that it is too early to be looking at potential directors. Star Wars, being one of the biggest film franchises in the world, is something that most directors would leap at. Which directors though would best with the creative minds of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss? What visions would enhance their world or even by contrast compliment their style?
These ten directors should be just some of the few that Disney and Lucasfilm should consider for these new Star Wars films from Benioff and Weiss. Hit Next to get started!