With so many Star Wars projects in development at the moment, it was inevitable for somethings to go askew from plans. It would appear an entire trilogy of films is that thing.
The news breaks that Emmy-winning showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff will no longer be scripting a trio of as-yet-unannounced Star Wars films. Originally to premiere in 2022, the fate of those films is uncertain at the moment.
On the departure, a joint statement was made where Weiss and Benioff profess their love for 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.”
The departure is said to conflict with the writers’ schedules in regards to their massive deal with Netflix. “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 called the duo “incredible storytellers,” and expressed interest in “[including] them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule.” Polite PR-speak, or plans to postpone the Westeros-writers’ involvement?
With Rian Johnson and Kevin Feige plotting their own Star Wars projects, and shows like The Mandalorian and the untitled Obi-Wan series in development, the schedule might just feel a bit more manageable without a trio of epic features to budget and produce.