Benioff and Weiss abandon their Star Wars project

It would appear that the millions that their recent contract with Netflix will net them were enough to convince David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to drop their plans to develop a trilogy of Star Wars films – the first of which was set for release in 2022.

It was widely expected that these films would be set in the ‘Old Republic’ – thousands of years before the events in the existing Star Wars saga and spin-offs.

Where this now leaves the plans for the next trilogy of Star Wars films is open to is open to question – Rian Johnson is reportedly still working on his trilogy of films but recent comments from the Last Jedi director were lukewarm as to whether the project would actually go into production. The ‘Star Wars Story’ spin-offs have now dried up thanks to the unjustly weak box office for Solo.

We do know that Marvel MCU supremo Kevin Feige is now developing a Star Wars project for Disney and there’s the possibility that he was brought in when it became clear to the studio that the Game of Thrones duo were looking to jump ship.

Right now, with The Rise of Skywalker arriving in cinemas this December to round off the Skywalker saga of films, the future of big screen Star Wars is looking uncertain – new films will certainly be coming, but we’re now not so sure when. Thankfully the TV side of the franchise seems to be taking off just in time with The Mandalorian receiving positive feedback and the Obi Wan Kenobi and Cassian Andor series now well into development.

Colin Polonowski

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

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