The creative team behind HBO’s Game of Thrones are about to trade Westeros for a ticket to a galaxy far, far away.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has announced that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have signed on to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films that will be separate from both the Skywalker saga and the upcoming trilogy being developed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson.

“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Kennedy said 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.”

“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.”

There is currently no release date for the new films (which we’re just going to just assume is going to be a trilogy) but this is pretty exciting news, given the pedigree Benioff and Weiss have generated through their work on Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, rampant beheadings and full frontal nudity probably aren’t going to fly in the Star Wars universe, but we’re sure the pair will find a way to work around such restrictions.


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