New ‘Star Wars’ Films to Be Written by ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, best known for creating and showrunning the HBO phenomenon that is Game of Thrones, will be heading to a galaxy far, far away.

Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Benioff and Weiss will be writing and producing a new series of Star Wars movies. These are to be seperate from the trilogy that The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson will tackle and the Skywalker saga, the latter of which has its ninth episode coming from J.J. Abrams in 2019. Yeah, there’s a lot of Star Wars on the way.

“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said 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.”

In their joint statement, Benioff and Weiss said: “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. We are honoured 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 eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is currently in production and, unfortunately, isn’t expected to arrive until sometime in 2019.

With GoT delayed and with Star Wars now making its way onto their schedule, it remains to be seen if Benioff and Weiss still go ahead with straight-to-series HBO project Confederate. Set in an alternate timeline, Confederate imagines a U.S. where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. Controversial? You bet.

The next film in the Lucasfilm galaxy will be spinoff-prequel chapter Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will arrive in Australia on May 24 and hits the U.S. on May 25.

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