Game of Thrones Creators Take on New Intergalactic Project

Benioff, Weiss will produce new 'Star Wars' trilogy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2018 1:37 AM CST
Game of Thrones Creators Sign Up for Star Wars Project
In this Sept. 20, 2015, photo, David Benioff, left, and DB Weiss accept the award for outstanding writing for a drama series for "Game of Thrones" at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)

Winter is coming in a galaxy far, far away. Disney and Lucasfilm say the writing and producing duo behind Game of Thrones will begin work on a series of Star Wars movies after the HBO series ends in 2019, the BBC reports. No release dates or other details on the new films from David Benioff and DB Weiss have been announced, though the films will be separate from both the Skywalker saga and the Star Wars trilogy from Last Jedi director Rian Johnson that was announced in November, reports Deadline. "David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today," Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said Tuesday. "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."

Benioff and Weiss will write and produce the new trilogy. "In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we've been dreaming of it ever since," they 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." The new trilogy adds to a rapidly expanding Star Wars universe that also includes Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has a May 25 release date; JJ Abrams' December 2019 Star Wars: Episode IX; and a rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, the Guardian reports. (Sources say Benioff and Weiss are no longer part of a controversial new HBO show.)

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