Game of Thrones creators working on series of Star Wars films

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss working on series of Star Wars films, Disney announces.
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The guys behind hit fantasy TV show Game of Thrones are leaving Westeros and heading to a galaxy far, far away.

David Benioff and DB Weiss will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films, Disney has announced.

It will be separate from both the Skywalker saga scheduled to end with 2019's Episode IX, and the announced new trilogy from Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson.

"David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today," Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says in a statement on StarWars.com.

"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."

Benioff and Weiss also released a statement about the news.

"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."

It's not clear what will happen with Confederate, the controversial HBO project the pair were set to move onto after Game of Thrones.

That was to be set in an alternate-history America in which the Civil War ended in a stalemate and slavery still existed.

The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is set for broadcast in 2019.

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