'Game of Thrones' creators to make new 'Star Wars' films

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write and produce new films that are separate from the main Skywalker saga and the trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of  The Last Jedi.

Published: 07th February 2018 04:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2018 11:40 AM   |  A+A-

David Benioff, left, and D.B. Weiss (File | Associated Press)

By AFP

LOS ANGELES: Lucasfilm announced plans Tuesday for a new series of "Star Wars" films made by the team behind "Game of Thrones," as it seeks to build on the lucrative sci-fi franchise.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series, will write and produce new films that are separate from the main Skywalker saga and the trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." 

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

ALSO READ: Somebody just made a Star Wars-Oru Vadakkan Veera Gaadha trailer mix and it is epic

"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 released a joint statement saying they had been dreaming of traveling to "a galaxy far, far away" since seeing the original movie in 1977.

"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," they said.

Lucasfilm did not say how many movies would comprise the new series or announce release dates.

Disney boss Bob Iger said when Johnson's trilogy was announced in November the "Star Wars" franchise had been "exceeding expectations" since the entertainment giant acquired Lucasfilm in 2012.

The two films from the main series under Disney's charge -- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015) and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (2017) -- are among the top ten highest grossing movies of all time, with $2 billion and $1.3 billion respectively.

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016), the first of three scheduled spin-off movies, also made more than $1 billion, raising hopes for the success of the next anthology film, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," which opens in May.

Californian filmmaker George Lucas was 33 when he prepared to release his third feature -- a far-fetched, slightly corny intergalactic saga of good and evil starring a sulky farm boy with daddy issues.

"Star Wars" has since grown into the most lucrative and influential movie franchise of all time, ingrained in a geek culture that gave rise to Silicon Valley and disruptive technologies.

"Game of Thrones," one of the most popular and talked-about cable shows in history, begins its final, six-episode season in 2019.

Stay up to date on all the latest Entertainment English news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp