Backlash brews after 'Game of Thrones' show-runners confirmed for next 'Star Wars' movie

Ben Arnold
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Game of Thrones show-runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff (Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the show-runners behind Game of Thrones, have been confirmed as the helmsmen of the next Star Wars movie.

Though he didn't go into details, Disney boss Big Iger said: “The next movie that we release will be theirs, and we’re not saying anything more about that.”

Benioff and Weiss will be writing and producing the movie – no word yet on who might direct – one of three new Star Wars movies planned.

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But there's already backlash brewing among disgruntled fans of the HBO fantasy series.

Ever since the pair took on the mantle of Game of Thrones after the action on screen overtook the source material in George R.R. Martin's books, the show's – mostly – untarnished record began to wane.

It's been most noticeable in two most recent seasons, with critics rounding on plot plausibility being stretched to its limits and careless, rushed pacing now prevalent.

The most recent – and final – series of the show, airing at the moment and prepped for the series finale on Sunday night in the US, has been among the most criticised by previously enamoured fans of the show.

As as such, the internet appears to be aflame over what they'll do with Star Wars.

Others are taking a more measured approach...

Three more Star Wars movies are on the way, as confirmed by Disney last week, the presumption being that they will form a new trilogy.

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Rian Johnson, who made The Last Jedi, is developing a separate trilogy of movies himself too, but those who disliked his entry into the Star Wars canon have their own reservations too.

Weiss and Benioff's movie will arrive on December 26, 2022.