The 'Game of Thrones' Creators Are Going to Make Star Wars Movies Now

Disney says the new films will tell a stand-alone story set in the Star Wars universe.
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It looks like Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have found a new project to work on after their HBO hit wraps. On Tuesday, Disney announced that the duo has signed on to write and produce a new slate of Star Wars movies.

"David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today," Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy wrote 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."


Details are still pretty slim at this point, but Disney says that these new movies will be a stand-alone series set in the Star Wars universe, not a continuation of the classic Skywalker saga. Benioff and Weiss's deal sounds similar to one Disney locked down with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson last November, though it's unclear whether the Game of Thrones creators are also aiming for a trilogy.

Benioff and Weiss are currently finishing up production on the final season of Game of Thrones, which is set to air sometime next year, so they will likely have some time on their hands once they finish burning Winterfell to the ground or whatever. The duo is also reportedly developing another drama series for HBO about an alternate history where the South won the Civil War, but maybe they've decided to put that one on the back-burner after the massive backlash against the project last summer.

In Tuesday's announcement, Benioff and Weiss expressed their excitement about the upcoming Star Wars project, saying they've both been "dreaming of" the opportunity since watching A New Hope back in 1977.

"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 duo said in a joint statement.

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