David Benioff And D.B. Weiss Are "Stepping Away" From 'Star Wars'

“You know nothing” if you think that ‘Game of Thrones‘ showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are still making a “Star Wars” trilogy for Lucasfilm in a galaxy far, far away. The two have been making the rounds since wrapping up the final season of their smash hit on HBO and have taken off a bit more than they can chew. While not everyone was thrilled with how the duo finished their last outing in Westeros when our watch ended, there was still excitement for what they would do with “Star Wars.” Now, it appears that due to their commitment to Netflix is keeping their schedules too full.

They stated that:

“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.”

At the very least, they’ve got too much on their plate to hit the initial 2022 release that Lucasfilm had picked for the first movie to take place after The Skywalker Saga came to an end with ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘ this December.


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Concerning leaving the project, Benioff and Weiss stressed their love for the “Star Wars” universe:

“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.”

With Rian Johnson and Kevin Feige both having “Star Wars” films in the works as well as ‘The Mandalorian’ next month, the final season of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ and the Ewan McGregor Kenobi series there is plenty of ways for fans to get their fix of the franchise. That isn’t even counting the books, comics, and video games which are also being released.

“When you play the game of thrones, you win, or you die. There is no middle ground.” However, that doesn’t hold true in the world of film and television. While the pair aren’t making a “Star Wars” movie anytime soon, they will still have a chance to down the line as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy shared:

“David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars.”

For those who weren’t sure that the two could tell a compelling enough story after the final season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ this could be viewed as good news by some.


Source: Deadline