Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to write and produce a new series of “Star Wars” films, Disney announced on Tuesday.
The new Trilogy will be separate from the Skywalker saga, and the recently announced Rian Johnson led trilogy.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.”
It also comes at a time of change for Benioff and Weiss. “Game of Thrones,” their fantasy epic, will end its run on HBO in 2019. The duo announced back in 2017 that they were developing another show with HBO called “Confederate”. However, that show generated a great deal of controversy over its plotline — it’s an alternate history series that imagines that the American Civil war ended in a stalemate and slavery remains legal — which some deemed insensitive.
“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is complete.”
Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012 for more than $4 billion, in the hopes of expanding the universe and bringing in new narratives outside of the Skywalker saga. Disney has already begun to do that with the new Rian Johnson trilogy and the standalone spinoffs “Rogue One” and this summer’s “Solo,” a look at the early years of Han Solo.
Disney did not give a timeline for when these new Benioff and Weiss-penned films will hit theaters.
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