David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Exit Untitled Star Wars Trilogy

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In other Star Wars-related news, it sounds like the next phase of Disney and Lucasfilm’s big screen plan has hit a minor snag this week. A new trilogy of Star Wars movies after The Rise of Skywalker was in the process of being written by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss with the first movie scheduled to hit theatres in 2022. Their involvement was first announced back in February of last year and the movies were rumoured to be set during the Old Republic era. Unfortunately, we are now hearing they have been forced to step away due to a nine-figure development deal with Netflix. They recently provided the following statement confirming their departure:


“We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything… There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away.”

Although some fans will likely speculate that they were dismissed due to the Game of Thrones final season backlash, that does not appear to be the case. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy indicated that the departure was amicable, stating that they hope to include them again in the future once their schedule allows it. Rian Johnson is still developing his own trilogy while Kevin Feige was recently recruited to oversee a new Star Wars movie as well. Are you disappointed that Benioff and Weiss won’t see their new Star Wars trilogy through to completion?

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  • Jake

    If they were let go due to GoT backlash would they really let people know though? Even with the statement it feels a lot like what happened to Colin Trevorrow after The Book of Henry was destroyed by critics. They’re apparently life long star wars fans and only signed the Netflix deal after they signed with LucasFilm. It seems odd they would cite the Netflix deal as the reason they are leaving. Did they really think they could spearhead a entire new Star Wars trilogy AND develop/run a new Netflix series? Not really concerned though, still plenty of Star Wars movies on the horizon.

  • Tim

    Not disappointed at all. I think they are good at recognizing good storytelling without actually being high caliber creators. Also, as discussed previously, too much Star Wars too fast is not a good thing, and Disney’s aversion to narrative risk will potentially turn SW into Marvel-style, no-stakes drivel.

  • Mrespony

    Potentially?

  • Nuno

    I’m dreading the eventual announcement that the Russo bros. will now be developing a Star Wars trilogy.