David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are swapping one beloved fantasy franchise for an additional.
The pair greatest generally known as the creators of the HBO mega-hit “Recreation of Thrones” are headed to a galaxy far, distant with a brand new sequence of “Star Wars” movies.
The brand new slate of flicks, introduced Tuesday by Lucasfilm, will probably be written and produced by the duo, and will probably be fully separate from each the basic Skywalker saga and director Rian Johnson’s upcoming plans for a brand new trilogy.
In a joint assertion, Benioff and Weiss revealed “Star Wars” has been the dream since they have been youngsters.
“In the summertime of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, distant, and we have been dreaming of it ever since,” they mentioned. “We’re honored by the chance, slightly terrified by the accountability, and so excited to get began as quickly as the ultimate season of Recreation of Thrones is full.”
“Recreation of Thrones” is slated to wrap in 2019 after an eighth and last season.
The duo additionally had one other HBO sequence, “Accomplice,” greenlit in July, however the present’s future stays unsure after the plot — an alternate timeline the place slavery caught round and is authorized — drew main controversy.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy praised the pair in a press release of her personal.
“David and Dan are a number of the greatest storytellers working immediately,” she mentioned. “Their command of complicated characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new floor and boldly push Star Wars in methods I discover extremely thrilling.”
The newest sure-to-be blockbuster has but to get a launch date, however it comes on the heels of the large field workplace success of Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Final Jedi,” which raked in additional than $1 billion worldwide.
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Johnson introduced in November he’ll write and direct a brand new trilogy in George Lucas’s universe with all-new characters and beforehand unexplored lore.
Benioff and Weiss’ upcoming venture can even be a part of the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story” due out in Might, and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode IX,” set to debut in December 2019.