Benioff and Weiss abandon their Star Wars project

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.

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams. This was follows in the main Star Wars saga by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi with the final film of the sequel trilogy, Episode IX, due in cinemas in December 2019 with J J Abrams back at the helm,A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One, which was followed in 2018 by Ron Howard's Solo and a fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson which will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.In addition, there are the animated TV series The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels along with Star Wars Resistance which starts in late 2018 and finally a new live action series currently being developed by Jon Favreau set some time after the events of Return of the Jedi.

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