The Star Wars universe just keeps getting bigger! Lucasfilm has announced yet another new batch of Star Wars films, to be written and produced by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Yes, that’s separate from both the Skywalker saga (which will conclude in 2019 with Episode IX) and The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s recently announced trilogy of films exploring a whole other corner of the galaxy far, far away.
Interestingly, the official announcement refers to Weiss and Benioff’s project as a “series” of films and Johnson’s as a “trilogy,” so it’s unclear how many they will make.
“David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in the official 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.”
“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.”
While there are a number of potential Game of Thrones spinoff series in the works, the showrunners were never involved in their development. In mid-2017, they had announced that they were developing a series for HBO called Confederate, an alternate-history take on the Civil War, but the announcement raised a lot of controversy over such plot points as slavery still being legal. According to Variety, HBO has not commented on whether Confederate is still in the works. Game of Thrones’ final season is expected to air sometime in 2019.
In addition to these new series, Lucasfilm is also developing a standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi film; a Boba Fett solo movie has also been rumored but not confirmed.