According to the announcement, the undetermined amount of films in the series will exist separate from the main episode Skywalker saga and the recently announced trilogy currently in the works by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. No release dates have been set for the new films at this time.
"David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement. "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."
Benioff and Weiss echoed the excitement in their joint statement:
"In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we've been dreaming of it ever since. 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."
Fans of both the series and the film franchise had mixed reviews on the news, sharing their thoughts via Twitter. Naturally, many responded with pics and gifs, Photoshopping characters from Star Wars into GoT, and vice versa:
Interestingly enough, several Game of Thrones actors have already appeared in Star Wars, including Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
While we'll still have to wait quite awhile to hear more details about Benioff and Weiss' Star Wars movies (the eighth and final season of GoT doesn't even air until 2019!), the first official trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped on Monday, and we already have a lot of thoughts.
Press play on the video below to watch our breakdown of the trailer, which features everything from a peek at young Han Solo's (Alden Ehrenreich) early encounters with Chewbacca to first looks at Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and Qi’ra (Clarke).