Game of Thrones creators are writing a new Star Wars film series

Yesterday, the news that HBO's Game of Thrones duo, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, will take on writing and producing duties for a new series of Star Wars films dominated the internet-and probably not for the reason that Lucasfilm had hoped.

"I can't wait for a graphic C-3PO/R2-D2 sex scene in a galaxy far, far away", joked one Twitter user, a reference to the frequent racy love scenes and nudity for which "Thrones" has become infamous.

Benioff and Weiss' high profile commitment to the new franchise casts serious doubts on the fate of the series "Confederate", which was supposedly their follow-up project after the completion of "Game of Thrones". Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology, she added, will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in incredibly exciting ways.

Hamill, 66, played hero Luke Skywalker in the first three Star Wars films and recently reprised the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2017.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said during that talks with Benioff and Weiss had been ongoing "for a long time". No release dates have been set.

REUTERS/LucasfilmDaisy Ridley is Rey in a scene from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

There's a lot of excitement, but fans are also concerned about the lack of diversity in creative leadership on "Star Wars" feature films. The service is set to debut in 2019 and will likely include these new shows in its inaugural line-up.

This is after Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that they are now planning "a few" shows set in a galaxy far, far away, to be aired in their new streaming service.

"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.


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