Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will tackle the Star Wars universe next, Disney and Lucasfilm announced Tuesday. The duo will write and produce a series of Star Wars movies, which will be separate from both the main Skywalker saga and Rian Johnson’s upcoming trilogy. While the press release did not specify how many films will be in the Benioff-Weiss series or what corner of the galaxy they’ll explore, the future now holds an overwhelming number of Star Wars movies—there’s also the Han Solo standalone later this year, not to mention several rumored projects, like the still-unconfirmed Obi-Wan Kenobi centered movie.
It’s quite a time to be a Star Wars fan, but with so much Star Wars to look forward to in theaters, the TV front is beginning to look a little bit neglected, especially with animated series Star Wars Rebels wrapping up later this year. Benioff and Weiss seem like they would have been obvious choices for a live-action Star Wars show, given the success of Game of Thrones, which is why it’s surprising that they’ve been tapped for a series of films instead. Fortunately, Disney is looking to expand its television offerings for the franchise, with multiple Star Wars TV series in development, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently told investors that those series are destined for the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform, which is expected to launch in 2019.
Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement that they will begin working on the film series after they finish the final season of Game of Thrones, which is also expected to air in 2019. What any of this news means for their other planned HBO series, Confederate, a controversial alternate history of the Civil War, remains to be seen.