Who needs a vacation? While Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are currently wrapping up the end of the epic HBO series, they already have their next project lined up, and it’s a massive one. The duo will write and produce a series of Star Wars films.
The news comes from Lucasfilm, which says in a press release that the films the duo are developing will be separate from the current Skywalker saga and the trilogy of movies that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is working on. “David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says. “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.”
For their part, Benioff and Weiss are excited about trading Westeros for space. “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” the duo says in a 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.”
Game of Thrones is currently in production on its final season. No release dates have been set for these new Star Wars movie, but clearly, Benioff and Weiss will start their work on the films once they’ve wrapped filming on the HBO series. What remains in question is what becomes of Confederate, the previously announced series from the duo that was developing as their follow-up series on the network. When asked about the status of the series, HBO tells GameSpot, “We don’t have any additional information at this time.” Upon being first announced, the series–which is set in a world where the southern states actually seceded from the Union and slavery remained legal–was met with a very negative reaction.
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