Posted Tue Feb 6, 2018 at 01:25 PM PST by Steven Cohen
Winter is coming to a galaxy far, far away.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced plans to create a new series of Star Wars movies with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on board to serve as writers and producers. The pair are best known for creating HBO's Game of Thrones.
"David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. "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."
Full details and release dates for the new films have not been announced yet, and it's not yet clear how many movies are planned for the series. With that said, Disney has stated that these spin-off movies will be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga and the upcoming trilogy from filmmaker Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi).
"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."
Beyond the new films from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Disney is gearing up to release Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25, 2018. Likewise, the studio is set to release Star Wars: Episode IX on December 20, 2019. The final entry in the trilogy will be directed by J.J. Abrams. In addition, filmmaker Rian Johnson is also developing an entirely new trilogy of Star Wars films separate from the episodic Skywalker saga.
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