Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson could end up collaborating with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for their upcoming trilogy set in the Old Republic.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the Star Wars film set for release in 2022 will be that of the Game of Thrones showrunners. There hasn't been any official update with regards to Johnson's trilogy although there is a rumor going around that it has once again been cancelled.
Even though his trilogy may potentially be off the table, his time in the galaxy far, far away may be far from done. Comicbook.com suggests the possibility of Johnson directing the duo's trilogy instead. After all, Weiss and Benioff, who have a limited but epic directing resume, are currently set to write and produce the films.
The latest rumor suggests that all three upcoming Star Wars films in Disney's movie slate will all be Weiss and Benioff's. With Disney blaming fatigue for the box office failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it is unlikely they will squeeze in other films in between. The theory is that they will be alternating between the two trilogies instead.
If the Old Republic trilogy will be cranked out first, however, then this would mean Johnson's trilogy won't head into production for another five years. However, the filmmaker did say that after his upcoming film Knives Out releases this November, he will be back to work on another Star Wars project. This was after the rumor about the cancellation of his trilogy first emerged. This might either be a hint to the possible collaboration or something has changed since he made the comment.
The abovementioned site did point out that when the Star Wars trilogies were first announced, it was stated that they are not connected with each other. They may have meant plot-wise, but it could also extend to the people involved.
For now, however, nothing has been confirmed yet, so we'll just have to wait and see.