I have never seen an episode of Game of Thrones, and I know nothing about the series’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. So when Lucasfilm announced that the two of them would be writing and producing a new series of Star Wars films, my joy from the news resulted purely from the fact that we’re getting more cinematic content set in the GFFA and not from the reveal of who specifically would be overseeing the projects.
Entertainment Weekly has listed 5 reasons why the marriage between Benoiff/Weiss and Star Wars is destined to be a successful one. Two of the reasons stated by article author James Hibberd are provided below, so be sure to take the provided source link for the other three.
They’ve already done it. The success of Game of Thrones is due to showrunners Benioff and Weiss taking a highly complex magical fantasy world created by a guy named George (in this case, George R.R. Martin and his terrific novels) and turning it into accessible mass entertainment and a worldwide phenomenon (sound familiar?). Nowadays it’s easy to forget how impossible-seeming and daunting adapting A Song of Ice and Fire was in 2011; Martin literally wrote the books to be unfilmable. By comparison, Star Wars was born in the world of cinema. If anything, creating an innovative and exciting new Star Wars trilogy from scratch is easier than what the GoT producers have already accomplished. And along the way, they proved they are terrific at picking talent — from director Miguel Sapochnik to composer Ramin Djawadi to actress Maisie Williams … GoT‘s success is driven by the collective talents of a massive team the producers’ put together.
They’re devoted to practical effects and visual realism. Thrones embraces practical sets, props, and on-location scenery whenever possible. Not every shot in every episode is 100 percent photo-realistic, of course, but the producers strive to make everything as grounded as possible. The Star Wars films were already re-embracing their practical effects roots starting with J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens, and you can expect any films made by the GoT duo to make practical filmmaking a top priority.