A planned trilogy of Star Wars movies from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss has been canceled.
According to Deadline, Benioff and Weiss — who had previously been tapped to write and produce a post-Skywalker Star Wars trilogy slated for launch in 2022 — have now walked away from their deal with the Disney-owned Lucasfilm. The writers explain that while they are still big fans of the Star Wars universe, they also have a lot on their plate at the moment, having recently penned a massive overall deal with Netflix.
“We love Star Wars,” the duo said in a statement. “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.”
Benioff and Weiss were set to write and produce the trilogy of films, which already had their first release date set for 2022. Rian Johnson, who directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is also working on a new film trilogy for the franchise. While little is currently known about these films, they are intended to tell new stories within the galaxy far, far away, as the Skywalker saga will be ending with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December.
In addition to The Rise of Skywalker, the Disney+ original series The Mandalorian is set to arrive in just two weeks, with another series starring Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi also in the works. As far as the big screen is concerned, another trilogy is reportedly being developed by Rian Johnson, director of 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also has his sights set on the galaxy far, far away, and is reportedly developing a Star Wars film of his own.