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It's a match made in geek heaven: the two men behind 'Game of Thrones' will make the next 'Star Wars' films.

'GoT' showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have been signed by Lucasfilm to start work on a new series of films set in the 'Star Wars' universe. They will start work once 'Thrones' ends in 2019.

The story will stand apart from the current series, and from another trilogy planned by 'The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson.

According to Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, Benioff and Weiss are "some of the best storytellers working today".

The pair said in a statement: "In the summer of 1977 we travelled to a galaxy far, far away, and we've been dreaming of it ever since."

Lucasfilm is now owned by Disney, which is also trying to buy 21st Century Fox. If that deal is approved by US regulators, and Fox's deal to buy Sky goes through, Disney would effectively own Sky. Which could mean 'Star Wars' films could debut first on Sky. Though there's a long way to go before that happens.

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