Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to write and produce Star Wars films

With HBO’s Game of Thrones ending next year, it looks like creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have found new jobs in creating a new series of Star Wars films. The series will be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by The Last Jedi director, Rian Johnson.

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

No word on when the films would be released.

Game of Thrones will mark their final season in 2019. HBO does plan to do prequels during the Game of Thrones time period, but not with any of the main characters. Benioff and Weiss were attached to the HBO greenlit series Confederate, a series about an alternate history in which the American Civil War ended in stalemate and slavery remained legal. The series was meant with great criticism for its insensitivity and just plain wrong. HBO declined to comment on the series.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released last month and drew in an estimated $220 million for the first weekend, making it the second-best domestic-gross opening weekend, led only by its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted to $248 million.  The film currently has earned $1.264.9 billion worldwide. The next Star Wars film coming out is Solo: A Star Wars Story, which opens in theaters on May 25th.

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