Game of Thrones duo to head-up yet another Star Wars movie series

So now we know what Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to be doing once Season 8 is over: They’re going to be writing and producing yet another new series of Star Wars films.

In an unlikely combination that will doubtless thrill fans of, arguably, the most popular entertainment franchises on the planet, Disney has announced yet more Star Wars movies.

The new series will exist outside of the Skywalker saga, while it’ll also be independent of the trilogy The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is working on.

In a statement (via Variety), Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wrote: “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.”

As to be expected, Disney has not revealed any details about potential storylines, characters that could be explored by Benioff and Weiss. Neither has there been any mention of potential release dates for the films.

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Disney isn’t saying how many new flicks this ‘series’ will constitute, but it adds to the growing legion of Star Wars stories currently in development.

The deal comes following the release of the first teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story during the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday.

Add Johnson’s post-Episode 9 trilogy into the mix, plus rumours of standalone films for characters like Boba Fett and Obi Wan Kenobi, it seems we’ll have Star Wars films coming regularly well into the next decade and perhaps even beyond.

In a joint statement Benioff and Weiss wrote: “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.”

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