"David and [D.B. Weiss] are some of the best storytellers working today. Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting."
―Kathleen Kennedy[src]

David Benioff is an Emmy Award–winning American television producer and screenwriter best known for creating the critically acclaimed television series Game of Thrones with collaborator D.B. Weiss. Benioff and Weiss were developing an upcoming Star Wars film series, and the first installment was set to premiere in 2022.[1]

The collaborators would have co-produced and co-written the series, which would be separate from the episodic Skywalker saga. According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Benioff and Weiss were also working closely with writer-director Rian Johnson, who is creating an upcoming Star Wars trilogy.[2] On October 28, 2019, however, Benioff and Weiss exited the project due scheduling conflicts with Netflix, Inc.[3][4][5]


Star Wars[]

Year Title Role(s) Other notes
Untitled Star Wars film series Co-producer; co-writer with D.B. Weiss


Year Title Role(s) Other notes
2002 25th Hour Writer
2004 Troy Writer
2005 Stay Writer
2005 When the Nines Roll Over Producer; Director; Writer Short film
2007 The Kite Runner Writer
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Co-writer
2009 Brothers Writer
20112019 Game of Thrones Producer; Director; Writer Television series; with D.B. Weiss
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Writer Television series (1 episode: "Flowers for Charlie")
2019 Gemini Man Co-writer


Notes and references[]

  1. The Next Star Wars Movie Hitting Theaters in 2022 Will Be from Game of Thrones' Benioff and Weiss (2019-05-14). The Verge. theverge.com. Archived from the original on May 19, 2019.
  2. Breznican, Anthony: Lucasfilm Putting the Star Wars Movies 'On Hiatus' After This Year (2019-04-13). Entertainment Weekly. ew.com. Archived from the original on May 3, 2019. "As [David Benioff and D.B. Weiss] finish Game of Thrones, they're going to segue into Star Wars. They're working very closely with Rian."
  3. Boucher, Geoff: 'Star Wars' Setback: 'Game Of Thrones' Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Exit Trilogy (2019-10-28). deadline.com. deadline.com. Archived from the original on July 21, 2020.
  4. Game of Thrones creators Benioff and Weiss drop Star Wars movies for Netflix (2019-10-29). theguardian.com. The Guardian. Archived from the original on June 17, 2020.
  5. Byford, Sam: Game of Thrones showrunners quit Star Wars trilogy to work on Netflix projects (2019-10-29). theverge.com. The Verge. Archived from the original on June 10, 2020.

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