Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were initially slated to write and produce a new Star Wars trilogy, but they have now dropped out, according to Variety.
In February of 2018, the pair were selcected to write and produce a new series of movies that were separate from the primary Skywalker saga. Now, Weiss and Benioff revealed in a statement that they would be dropping out because they wouldn’t be able to focus on both the projects they’re developing for a $200 million film and television deal with Netflix in addition to Star Wars.
Hold up, you’re telling me the dudes who rushed the end of Game of Thrones (in theory) so they could work on Star Wars aren’t even working on Star Wars anymore? pic.twitter.com/3IorMd2aa8
— Alanah Pearce (@Charalanahzard) October 29, 2019
“We love Star Wars,” Weiss and Benioff explain. “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. But there are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not to justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away.”
Weiss and Benioff’s Star Wars films were slated to hit the big screen in 2022, 2024, and 2026, and it’s currently unclear if those dates have been altered by their departure.
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