Game of Thrones Showrunners to Helm Star Wars Movies

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Two of the most successful media properties are about to join forces in a very interesting way.

On Tuesday 6th February, Lucasfilm, the company behind the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies, made an announcement that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators and showrunners for HBO‘s Game of Thrones, will write and produce a new series of films set within the Star Wars Universe.

The new films will be separate from the wider Star Wars canon, including the original Star Wars movies and the new trilogy, but still operate and function within the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

There is no release date announced as yet – though, it will presumably be after the final season of Game of Thrones comes out before anything is announced – and it is still yet to be seen if the series of films will take the “A Star Wars Story” formula popularised by Rogue One and Solo spin-off movies.

In a statement, Benioff said;

“In the summer of 1977 we travelled 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.”

Lucasfilm‘s Kathleen Kennedy said that Weiss and Benioff are “some of the best storytellers working today. 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.”

We’ll have more news on this story when it becomes available.

-James, 09/02/2018

 

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