With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker set to premiere in theaters this December, fans will finally see the conclusion of the Skywalker saga. The future of the Star Wars franchise is bright but has suffered a setback. According to Deadline, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have backed out of their deal with Lucasfilm due to schedule conflicts.
After spending almost ten years at HBO working on Game of Thrones, Lucasfilm awarded Benioff & Weiss the opportunity to work in the Star Wars franchise. The duo signed on to lead the new direction in the post-Skywalker era of the franchise with a trilogy. However, Benioff & Weiss had also agreed to a record-breaking deal with Netflix:
“We love Star Wars. 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.”
It is understandable that they chose to step away from a major project like Star Wars because they just simply have too much on their plate. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has not closed the door on their return to the Star Wars franchise in the future:
“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.”
In the meantime, fans won’t have to worry too much about the Game of Throne creators’ exit as Lucasfilm will be pumping out more content in the near future. The Mandalorian will be arriving on November 12 on Disney+ and The Rise of Skywalker arrives on December 20.
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