'Game of Thrones' creators to pen 'Star Wars' film

In this Wednesday, April 3, 2019, file photo, creator/executive producers David Benioff, left, and D. B. Weiss attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" final season premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will write the next Star Wars film.

While the title is not yet known, Disney CEO Bob Iger has now confirmed the follow up to J. J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, due out in December, will have Benioff and Weiss behind it.

“We did a deal with David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who are famous for Game of Thrones, and the next movie that we release will be theirs. And we’re not saying anything more about that,” Iger said at the MoffettNathanson Media and Communications Summit in New York, reported CBS News.

Some news outlets have taken this as confirmation that the pair will be directing the feature too. If they do, it will mark their big screen directorial debut. Disney had previously said Rian Johnson, who directed 2017’s The Last Jedi, was working on a new Star Wars film.

Benioff and Weiss, who adapted George R. R. Martin’s famous fantasy novels for the small screen, wrapped on the eighth and final series of Game of Thrones last year, with the six-episode season concluding on Sunday.

The next Star Wars instalment will hit screens in 2022, giving fans a three-year break from the franchise.