Game of Thrones Showrunners Drop Out of Planned Star Wars Trilogy

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have dropped out of their planned Star Wars trilogy for Disney.

The pair was scheduled to write and produce the first film in a new series to be released in 2022. The movie was intended to be the first Star Wars project on the big screen after the conclusion of the Skywalker saga, which concludes in December with J.J Abrams’ The Rise of Skywalker.

Benioff and Weiss were headhunted by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy in February 2018. Since then, they have overseen the divisive final season of Game of Thrones and signed a nine-figure, five-year deal with Netflix. The pair cited focusing on their Netflix deal as their primary reason for exiting Star Wars.

Benioff and Weiss aren’t the first creative leads to leave or be removed from a major Star Wars project. In June 2017 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were removed from Solo: A Star Wars Story, and just three months later Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was removed from the project that would eventually become The Rise of Skywalker.

There are still a number of Star Wars film projects in development. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is still working on a trilogy of his own, and Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was recently revealed to be developing a film as well. It’s unclear right now whether Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy will be canceled outright or whether they will merely be replaced as the creative leads on the project.

The series is also coming to the small screen starting next month. The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on Nov. 12, and the Ewan McGregor-led Obi-Wan Kenobi series is coming at some point too.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes to theaters Dec. 20.

Patrick Lee
Patrick Lee is a writer, illustrator, photographer, designer, and serial arsonist from Toronto. He has written for The AV Club, and for his personal website, About Face.

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    5 Comments

    1. Hmm, probably for the best. In a recent event, it turned out that the game of thrones series turned out great in spite of them, It was the amazing cast and crew that made that show great. This Star Wars project was supposedly their excuse for rushing to finish game of thrones, and now it falls through. Well, good riddance.

    2. I suppose we can consider that blaster shot dodged.

    3. So, I was going to post something witty about how this is kind of a relief, but then found that several like-minded members had already beaten me to the punch. I honestly can’t imagine that a Star Wars helmed by Benioff and Weiss would be true to the themes and feel of the best films in the series. Not to mention… satisfying endings are hard, you know?

    4. This is probably for the best. The pair initially did a truly fantastic job adapting Martin’s books for television and set a new standard for how fantasy epics. However, as everyone has realized at this point, once they no longer had finished novels to rely on for structure, character development, pace, dialog, and specific plot details, the show jumped the rails in a hurry. Game of Thrones went from sublime to decent, and it would have been far worse if not for the incredible acting, set design, filmography, and direction produced by everyone else working on the show. The writing and story development these two provided in those last seasons very clearly became the weakest part of the show. Considering they’d be working from scratch on the Star Wars trilogy, I don’t think it would’ve lived up to the extremely lofty standards that are always tied to Star Wars projects.

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