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New ‘Star Wars’ films to be written, produced by ‘Game of Thrones’ duo

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015 file photo, David Benioff, left, and D.B. Weiss accept the award for outstanding writing for a drama series for "Game Of Thrones" at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Benioff and Weiss are writing and producing a new series of Star Wars films for Lucasfilm. The Walt Disney Studios said Tuesday that the films will be separate from both the Skywalker saga and the new trilogy being planned by "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)

PHOENIX — This week keeps delivering for “Star Wars” fans: Just days after the premier of a trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the franchise announced another set of films would be written and produced by a duo from “Game of Thrones.”

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who created the Emmy-winning smash hit show on HBO, will produce a series of films separate from the Skywalker saga (aka the “original” movies) and other offshoots.

“[Benioff] and [Weiss] are some of the best storytellers working today,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a release.

“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.”

The pair will not begin working on space films until the final season of “Game of Thrones” is complete. The series was expected to wrap up next year.

“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.

No release dates have been set for the latest announced films, but that doesn’t mean “Star Wars” fans will be left waiting beyond the wall.

In addition to the May release of “Solo,” a third “Star Wars Story” film was expected to be released in 2020.

That film was believed by some to focus on infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett, while others had their fingers crossed for an Obi-Wan Kenobi film.

A new trilogy directed by Rian Johnson, the man behind “The Last Jedi,” was also in the works.

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