‘Game of Thrones’ creators to write and produce new series of ‘Star Wars’ films

David Benioff and DB Weiss said they were "honoured by the opportunity [and] a little terrified by the responsibility"

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have been given the green light to write and produce a brand new series of Star Wars movies.

The official Star Wars website made the announcement today (February 6), clarifying that the new set of films will be “separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson”.

“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said about the announcement. “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.”

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Benioff and Weiss released a joint statement to mark the news: “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since.

“We are honoured 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.”

No release dates for the new films have been set as yet, while Game of Thrones will conclude with its eighth season next year.

Yesterday (February 5), a new trailer for the latest Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, was released.