Wow, some breaking news from late last night.
Deadline reports that Game of Thrones duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have now officially exited their purposed Star Wars trilogy/string of films for Lucasfilm/Disney over scheduling conflicts pertaining to their recent mega-deal with streaming giant Netflix.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the duo who in 2011 launched the singular screen sensation known as Game of Thrones, have walked away from their much-publicized deal with Disney’s Lucasfilm to launch a feature film trilogy in 2022.
Benioff and Weiss were supposed to usher in the post-Skywalk era of the Star Wars brand with a 2022 new-start story that would stake out a new frontier for the era-defining cinema brand created by George Lucas. The Emmy-winning pair cited their historic deal with Netflix. They said their enthusiasm for Star Wars remains boundless but, regrettably, their schedule is full up.
The pair had been set to write and produce a trilogy expected to start with a release on December 16th, 2022 the first post-The Rise of Skywalker installment and likely was set to begin shooting in 2020-2021.
Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy made a statement that doesn’t sound like they’ve closed the door on them just yet.
KENNEDY: “David Benioff and Dan 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.”
Along with being different from the projects that Rian Johnson and Kevin Feige were also said to be developing there.
There was also a rumor from BuzzFeed that Laeta Kalogridis (Alter Carbon, Avatar, Battle Angel, Ghost In The Shell) was writing a Knights of The Old Republic film, but still has yet to be announced by Lucasfilm or confirmed by the trades.
The Netflix deal (announced back in August) is indeed a lucrative one as pair are reportedly set to make $300 million according to Deadline. I’m sure much more than they would have made with Disney/Lucasfilm developing a trilogy of Star Wars movies.
This isn’t the first time Lucasfilm has lost or fired creatives/filmmakers from Star Wars projects.
Fantastic 4 director Josh Trank was famously fired from the purposed Boba Fett movie (eventually pivoting to Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian) before cameras started rolling.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller being replaced with Ron Howard on Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Stephen Daldry had been reportedly attached to direct an untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi film before that was also converted to a Disney+ series. Ewan McGregor confirms it was a film before a series.
Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow was originally set to direct Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker before his own exit and J.J. Abrams stepping in to take his place.
At least we can be thankful this is happening during the development stage and now during production.
I think fans like myself will be curious if the rocky final season of Game of Thrones had anything to do with this exit.
The news comes after Disney dropped a brand new trailer for The Mandalorian and is set to launch its brand new streaming service Disney+ on November 12th.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 20th.