Game of Thrones creators DB Weiss, David Benioff quit Star Wars trilogy owing to their Netflix commitment

This comes over 18 months after Disney and Lucasfilm first announced that the Game of Thrones showrunners were joining for a Star Wars project which was scheduled to air in 2022

Asian News International October 30, 2019 09:25:05 IST
Game of Thrones creators DB Weiss, David Benioff quit Star Wars trilogy owing to their Netflix commitment

In a shocker to Star Wars fans, David Benioff and DB Weiss announced they are dropping out of Disney Lucasfilm's upcoming trilogy owing to their commitments to Netflix.

This comes over 18 months after Disney and Lucasfilm first announced that the Game of Thrones showrunners were joining for a project which was scheduled to air in 2022.

Game of Thrones creators DB Weiss David Benioff quit Star Wars trilogy owing to their Netflix commitment

Game of Thrones creators were on board to develop a new Star Wars project for Disney. Image from Twitter

"We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too," The Hollywood Reporter quoted the duo as saying in a statement.

"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 do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away," they added.

Disney had earlier revealed that after the release of upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December, three untitled films from the franchise will be released after two years.

Benioff and Weiss were on board to write and produce the next to hit screens on 16 December, 2022.

Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president expressed hope to welcome the duo onboard in the future saying, "Benioff and Weiss are incredible storytellers. We hope to include them in the journey forward when they are able to step away from their busy schedule to focus on Star Wars."

The upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by JJ Abrams and is the last in the third trilogy of the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas which started in the year 1977 with Episode IV- A New Hope.

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