Game of Thrones creators’ Star Wars trilogy will follow Rise of Skywalker

The creators of HBO’s Game of Thrones will be heading to a galaxy far, far away in the very near, near future.

Disney has confirmed that the previously announced trilogy of Star Wars films from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will indeed be the next big-screen installments of the sci-fi saga to hit theaters following Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, which comes out December 20. The first of those films is currently scheduled to premiere in 2022.

The plan was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger during the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications conference.

It was previously announced that both the Game of Thrones creators and Episode VIII – The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson were both working on separate trilogies set in the Star Wars universe. Details remain scarce regarding both trilogies, although rumors suggest that Benioff and Weiss’ films might be set early in the franchise’s timeline, well before George Lucas’ episodic prequel trilogy.

Earlier in May, Disney announced the release dates for all three films in the next Star Wars trilogy without confirming whether it was Johnson’s project or the Game of Thrones duo’s project. The films have been given release dates of December 16, 2022; December 20, 2024; and December 18, 2026.

After releasing two episodic films and two stand-alone “anthology” movies in four years, Disney announced it would ease back on the release schedule for Star Wars movies following The Rise of Skywalker. The studio instead has diverted its attention to its upcoming Disney Plus streaming-video service, which will launch in November and feature multiple original Star Wars series, both live-action and animated. Among those series is The Mandalorian, a live-action series developed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), as well as an untitled series set before the events of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featuring Diego Luna’s character from the film.

The final season of Game of Thrones has been one of the most polarizing so far for fans, which has led to an anxious reception to the Star Wars news. After the HBO series officially outpaced the novels it was adapted from — George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series — fans have taken issue more increasingly with some popular characters’ story arcs and the path of the series’ story as a whole. The penultimate episode of the series, titled “The Bells,” aired May 12 and sparked no small amount of controversy regarding where it took certain characters and how it framed some of their final moments.

The final episode of Game of Thrones airs on HBO this Sunday, May 18.

Movies & TV

Knights of the Old Republic: Can Star Wars make a watchable video game movie?

Disney is developing a trilogy based on the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game, but even the Jedi are going to have trouble overcoming the long, disappointing history of subpar game-to-movie adaptations.
Movies & TV

Laugh, cry, or just relax with the best series now streaming on HBO

Whether you prefer the twisted world of True Detective or the lovable techies that have quickly come to define Silicon Valley, you'll love our picks for the best HBO series now available on HBO Now and HBO Go.
Movies & TV

Make it so! Star Trek: Picard trailer delivers first footage from new series

The Star Trek: Picard series will feature the return of Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and will premiere near the end of 2019, according to CBS. The show will explore Picard's life after the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Movies & TV

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker photos confirm the return of the Knights of Ren

Star Wars: Episode IX -- The Rise of Skywalker's first teaser trailer and plot details have arrived. Here's everything we know about the movie before it premieres in December 2019.
Home Theater

Sports-centric streaming service FuboTV adds entertainment, lifestyle channels

With the addition of Viacom channels, yet maintaining a big emphasis on sports, FuboTV could be exactly what you’re looking for in a streaming service. We’ve got everything you need to know about it right here.
Movies & TV

Terminator: Dark Fate: Everything we know about the new movie so far

The most recent Terminator films didn't do so well, but now James Cameron has returned to reinvigorate the franchise. Here's everything we know about the cast, crew, and story of the upcoming Terminator: Dark Fate movie.
Home Theater

With tvOS 12.3, Apple’s TV app begins its platform-conquering journey

Apple's redesigned TV app experience is here, and it's on Apple TV, iOS, and even some smart TVs. But what exactly is this new experience and how is it different than Roku, Amazon, and others? We've got the answers.
Movies & TV

Game of Thrones revisited: 7 storylines set in motion in season 1

If you paid close attention in the first season of Game of Thrones, you'll realize that many arcs that seemed odd in the final moments were seeded all the way from the beginning, foreshadowing much of what eventually happened.
Movies & TV

Tired of stock Netflix titles? Here are the best films streaming on HBO

From The Hangover to Dawn of the Dead and everything in between, we've compiled a list of the best movies currently available on HBO, whether you're looking for something thrilling, or fun to watch with the entire family.
Movies & TV

Here’s how to stream every game of the NHL finals online

Are you one of those die hard fans who needs to catch every minute of ice-shredding action in the 2019 NHL finals? If so, here's your complete guide to watching the Stanley Cup online.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in March, from Buster Scruggs to Roma

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (May 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Deals

No cable? No problem: Here’s how you can watch UFC fights online

Cord cutting is a great way to save money, but watching sports online can be tricky due to restrictions. If you want to stream UFC, the world’s biggest MMA promoter has joined with ESPN to bring the action online. Here's how to watch.
Movies & TV

Best new podcasts: The Lady Vanishes, Borrowed, Lost Notes

Feel like you’re drowning in podcasts? In this weekly series, we’ll help you pick out the best of the new and returning shows. This week’s picks include an MIA mom, reasons why libraries are the best, and underground music moments.