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Enlarge / David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have opted to give attention to their profitable improvement deal with Netflix.

Former Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will now not be creating the subsequent Star Wars movie trilogy for LucasFilm, Deadline Hollywood experiences. Instead, they will be specializing in creating new movies and sequence for Netflix, a part of a profitable nine-figure deal they signed in August with the streaming big.

“We love Star Wars,” Benioff and Weiss advised Deadline Hollywood. “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 signed onto Star Wars again in February 2018, earlier than the much-maligned (by followers) last season of Game of Thrones aired on HBO earlier this 12 months. They had been creating a sequence referred to as Confederates for HBO, a fictionalized various historical past of the US the place the South gained the Civil War and slavery remained authorized. The sequence was tabled, ostensibly as a result of scheduling conflicts somewhat than in response to a web-based outcry over the controversial premise. Then got here the backlash in opposition to the GoT finale, even sparking a web-based petition with 1.75 million signatories calling for a remake. (As we famous in our evaluation of the finale, that is not how any of this works.)

The duo has saved a reasonably low public profile since then earlier than igniting a contemporary controversy with a panel look over the weekend on the Austin Film Festival. The males adopted a self-deprecating stance that did not land effectively with the viewers, joking about their lack of expertise and marveling that George R.R. Martin entrusted his life’s work into their palms as they beautiful a lot discovered the ropes on the job. So the information that Benioff and Weiss are now not concerned with Star Wars may be seen as excellent news by many.

It does sort of throw a fork within the works for Lucasfilm’s long-range plans for the franchise. Currently, The Mandalorian debuts on the brand new Disney+ streaming service November 12, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—the ultimate installment in the latest trilogy that concludes the long-running “Skywalker saga”—hits theaters December 20. The Benioff and Weiss undertaking was supposed to launch the subsequent stage of the Star Wars cinematic saga, slated for 2022.

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Fortunately, Lucasfilm nonetheless has loads of different initiatives within the works, most notably a Star Wars spinoff sequence that includes Obi-Wan Kenobi, with Ewan McGregor reprising his function as the long-lasting character. It was introduced at Disney’s annual D23 Expo in August, alongside with one other Star Wars spinoff (“Untitled Spy Series”) for Disney+ that includes Rogue One‘s Cassian (Diego Luna) and his greatest droid buddy, K2 (Alan Tudyk).

It feels like Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is not closing the door solely on having the duo within the Star Wars fold sooner or later sooner or later, nevertheless. “David Benioff and Dan Weiss are incredible storytellers,” she advised Deadline Hollywood. “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.”

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