Los Angeles: The ‘Game of Thrones’ creators and showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss will spearhead a new ‘Star Wars’ film series.
Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that Benioff and Weiss would write and produce a new series of films, which will be separate from the trilogy that ‘The Last Jedi’ director Rian Johnson is developing. It will also stand alone from the Skywalker saga which includes ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, released last December and the upcoming ‘Star Wars Episode IX’ which JJ Abrams is working on, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“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,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement.
Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement: “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since. 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.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger said during that talks with Benioff and Weiss had been ongoing “for a long time”.
“They have an idea for number of films and at some later date I’m sure we’ll disclose to all of you just what those are. They are focused on a point in time in the ‘Star Wars’ mythology and taking it from there.”
Details of the projects Benioff and Weiss are working on are not available yet.