It’s official! D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the duo behind HBO’s Game of Thrones, are no longer working on a Star Wars trilogy.
The pair told Deadline the reason for their departure has to do with the mega-deal they signed with Netflix a few months ago.
“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,” the GOT pair said in a statement to Deadline. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”
That’s a pretty huge shock, and one that will definitely shift Disney’s plans for Star Wars post The Rise of Skywalker. These dudes were supposed to be behind the movie that was planned for a 2022 release, so with them bowing out, maybe Rian’s trilogy will get bumped up or have more focus put towards it.
Apparently Kathleen Kennedy is open to the pair doing something Star Wars related later down the road. Her statement on the departure read: “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.”
If anything is sure these days, that’s nothing for sure when it comes to Star Wars projects.