Don’t Hold The Door: Benioff & Weiss Exit ‘Star Wars’

Back in February 2018, it was announced that HBO‘s Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were signed on to write and produce a new trilogy of Star Wars films. This past May, Disney‘s Bob Iger revealed that Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy would be the next series of Star Wars films (before the previously announced films by Rian Johnson) launching on December 16, 2022.

Well, so much for that plan. This past August, the pair inked a 5-year, $250 million deal with streaming behemoth Netflix, with the intention of still working on at least the first Star Wars movie they signed on to. Of course that did not come to be as the pair are now exiting their Star Wars project. In a statement Benioff and Weiss attributed their stepping away as a matter of time management:

“… 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‘s Kathleen Kennedy appeared to be open to the duo’s return in the future:

“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.”

She also remarked about the next series of Star Wars films, saying she has bigger plans than just a singular movie:

“We are looking at the next saga” … “We are not just looking at another trilogy, we’re really looking at the next 10 years or more.”

Guess it’s a good thing they have Kevin Feige‘s help then…

So after the final chapter of the Skywalker Saga this December, Star Wars fans will just have to settle for the streaming offerings on Disney+. The Mandalorian was confirmed for a second season, the Clone Wars cartoon is getting a few more episodes, there’s a Cassian Andor series, and an Obi-Wan one too. That’s some time to stall…

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