Just like that, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are done with another franchise: Star Wars. But this time, they’ve called it quits way before the start of production.
Over a year ago, it was announced that the two of them were set to produce a brand new stand-alone trilogy taking place parsecs after the current sequel trilogy. The film was scheduled to be the next Star Wars film after this year’s The Rise of Skywalker, with a 2022 release date.
That was until the duo released an exclusive joint statement to Deadline saying:
“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.”
Benioff and Weiss also told Deadline that their recent nine-figure deal with Netflix would not allow them to visit the galaxy far, far way because they just wouldn’t have the time.
But maybe it’s for the best.
Earlier this week, at Austin Film Festival, the couple appeared at an AMA-style panel where they actually revealed just how little they knew about the business and the film-making process prior to starting Game of Thrones. This did not please fans of the series, and seemingly reopened fresh wounds for those who weren’t too fond of the series’ final season.
What’s most disappointing for fans of this franchise though is that now they don’t know when Star Wars will return to the big screen. While both Rian Johnson (the upcoming Knives Out) and Marvel’s Kevin Feige are confirmed to have projects in development, no other definitive information about those projects has been released. And considering who both of them are, it may be years before any of the projects even come to fruition.
Hopefully The Mandalorian can hold us over until then.
As mentioned before, Deadline was the first to break this story exclusively. We will follow this story and continue to update it though as more details become available.
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