News - October 29, 2019

Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss drop planned Star Wars trilogy
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Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss drop planned Star Wars trilogy

Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss have abandoned plans to write and produce a new Star Wars trilogy. 

The pair had signed up to write three films that would be coming to cinemas in 2022, 2024 and 2026, but have now exited to focus on their work with Netflix. 

They said of their departure in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter: "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."

They continued: "But 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."

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy added: "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."

The final instalment in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, arrives this year on December 19th.

Rian Johnson, director of 2017's The Last Jedi, continues to work on a planned new trilogy, but there is no word on when that can be expected in cinemas. 

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