Wow, now this was unexpected! In a shocking turn of events, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the duo who brought the epic Game of Thrones series to life, have reportedly walked away from Disney’s Lucasfilm to launch a feature film trilogy in 2022.
The Emmy-winning pair were set to helm the next chapter of the Star Wars empire, following the closure of the Skywalker story in The Rise of Skywalker this December, but with their (nine-figure) deal with Netflix taking up a lot of their time, they’ve taken the decision to focus solely on it.
“We love Star Wars,” the pair said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy still has plenty of Star Wars properties in the pipeline with The Madalorian debuting on streaming service Disney+ in November, The Rise of Skywalker premiering in December and the recently announced Ewan McGregor series exciting fans.
Kennedy also released a statement to Deadline, making sure not to shut any doors in her send-off: “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.”
This really surprises me, as the well talked about deal was the cause of the duo rushing the last season of Game of Thrones. So what do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments below!
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) October 29, 2019