‘Star Wars’ Gets ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators On Board as Writers

Star Wars Gets Game of Thrones Creators

The worlds of Star Wars and Game of Thrones are colliding, but not in front of the camera. Lucasfilm and Disney announced the creative minds behind HBO’s award-winning Game of Thrones will be handling writing duties on a new series of upcoming Star Wars films.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have committed to writing and producing the new Star Wars series of films, leaving Westeros behind to travel to a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm is keeping the details on the new films under wraps, however they have stated that the new films “will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

The studio has not indicated when we can expect this new set of Star Wars films.

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

“In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” said Benioff and Weiss 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.”

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is expected to air in 2019. Following the end of Game of Thrones, Weiss and Benioff were expected to begin work as writers, executive producers, and showrunners on the announced HBO series, Confederate. The announcement of that series drew an overwhelmingly negative response due to its controversial plot. Per HBO, Confederate would take place in an alternate timeline in which America’s Southern states seceded from the Union and formed a country in which slavery remains legal. There’s no word on whether Weiss and Benioff’s involvement in new Star Wars films means Confederate has been tabled for now.