The force is strong… with Netflix, it would seem.
With the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, the post Skywalker era of Star Wars is imminent. What’s also imminent is that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss—the duo who brought Game of Thrones to the screen—have stepped down from their deal with Disney’s Lucasfilms in favor of focusing on their projects with Netflix.
As reported by Deadline, Benioff and D.B. Weiss previously held the reigns to usher in the next phase of Star Wars. This, of course, speaks to the Star Wars trilogy featuring non-Skywalker characters announced in early 2018. Benioff and Weiss had been slated to write and produce the films, but this will no longer be the case, and they are both bowing out from the project.
“There are only so many hours in a day,” Benioff and Weiss told Deadline, “and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects.”
Though they’re dropping out for now, Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, stressed that the doors are still open for a future collaboration with the duo. She stated the cancellation had only to do with their busy schedules and nothing more.
Despite Kennedy’s optimism, Deadline speculates the end came after fans poorly received the Game of Thrones final season (and more specifically, that final episode). After all, we all know what happened with Daenerys’ quick turn of character and how she burned down an entire city—King’s Landing—with her dragon, Drogon. With news of Benioff and Weiss pioneering the next stage of Star Wars, fans were worried the duo would not be able to handle a Jedi saga. Then again, it isn’t like we didn’t catch a glimpse of the moment before Anakin killed younglings in George Lucas’ Revenge of the Sith. Could Benioff and Weiss really do something even more shocking?
In regards to Lucas himself, Benioff and Weiss spoke of how Star Wars made them as creatives.
“We love Star Wars,” the pair said. “When George Lucas built it, he built us too.”
For now, it seems that Netflix has beat out the force, but it sounds like we may one day see a version of Star Wars under the direction of Benioff and Weiss. Until then, we have the duo’s collaboration with Netflix to look forward to.