David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will not be heading to a galaxy far, far away anytime soon.
After a much-publicized deal that would have seen the duo pen at least one installment of a new trilogy of ‘Star Wars’ films (with the first set to release on December 16, 2022), Benioff & Weiss have parted ways with Lucasfilm and the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.
Kathleen Kennedy amicably left the door open for Benioff and Weiss, saying in a statement, “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.’”
Benioff and Weiss are, of course, most well-known for their work on the hit HBO series ‘Game of Thrones,’ based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels. While initially widely acclaimed, the series faced criticism this past year for a perceived decline in quality of writing.
Currently, the ‘Star Wars’ franchise has no shortage of installments, with 2019 alone seeing the series ‘The Mandalorian’ airing on Disney+ on November 12th, the video game ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ releasing on November 15th, and the final installment of the Sequel Trilogy, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’ debuting in theaters on December 20th.