Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

GoT creators to write and produce new series of 'Star Wars' films

GoT creators to write and produce new series of 'Star Wars' films

According to the Star Wars website, the new films will be separate from both the current Skywalker saga, which will end in the upcoming "Star Wars Episode IX", and the recently announced new trilogy that will be developed by "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson.

Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement that Benioff and Weiss' command of complex characters and mythology will help break new ground for Star Wars.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said during that talks with Benioff and Weiss had been ongoing "for a long time".

"In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we've been dreaming of it ever since". No release dates or timescale have been announced.

But fire chiefs probably did not expect a shout-out from one of the world's biggest movie stars - and an excellent Jedi as well. The latter project's future is now in question as it seems Benioff and Weiss will be focused on Star Wars.

Writer and producer team David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will move from the Seven Kingdoms to a galaxy far, far away. There are so many incredibly talented female directors, directors of color out there and so many I would love to see play in this universe ... The service is set to debut in 2019 and will likely include these new shows in its inaugural line-up. Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for Rs 4.06 billion.

The California-based entertainment giant reported first-quarter earnings - up to 30 December - of $1.89 per share, a 22 per cent on-year rise, and revenue of $15.4 billion, just shy of the $15.5 billion analysts had been predicting. With the company now owning Marvel, Lucasfilm, and soon to control all of Fox's intellectual properties, they're going to have quite a bit of sway over consumers, even if Iger says they're not planning for their service to be a Netflix competitor in terms of volume of content.

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