Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are heading to a galaxy far, far away as Disney and LucasFilm just announced the duo will write and produce a new series of films. These will be separate from the main episodic Skywalker saga that started with Star Wars: A New Hope and is slated to wrap up with 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX.
“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.”
Disney and LucasFilm announced that Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would craft a trilogy of films, the first of which he would write and direct, without announcing a timeframe for those films but that Benioff and Weiss’ new foray into the Star Wars universe “will be separate from both the episodic saga, and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney clarified in the statement.
Said the two creators of HBO’s Game Of Thrones:
“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. 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.”
Like the Johnson trilogy announced in November, no release dates have been set for the new trio of films. The next movie in the Star Wars franchise is the second stand-alone pic, Solo: A Star Wars Story directed by Ron Howard, which bows May 25 with Star Wars: Episode IX, to be directed by J.J. Abrams being released on December 20, 2019.
Game of Thrones is now in production on its final season, with six supersized episodes in the works aiming for a 2019 release date.
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