Now that Disney owns Star Wars, the film universe is rapidly expanding. Over the last few years fans have seen new installments in the Skywalker Saga, along with a spinoff in the form of “Rogue One” and another spinoff focused on Han Solo is coming this summer.
It was also recently announced that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson has been hired to create a new trilogy that is completely separate from the core saga.
Now Disney has officially announced that “Game of Thrones” showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will also be creating a new series of films that’s separate from the core saga as well.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said 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,” 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.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was arguably the most divisive film in the history of the franchise, but it’s clear that Disney intends to push Star Wars to new places, and it looks like they’ve hired the right people to do just that.