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"In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy, far, far away, and we've been dreaming of it ever since. We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of Game of Thrones is complete."
―David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' joint statement[src]

A new Star Wars film series is currently being developed by Lucasfilm. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the creators and showrunners of HBO's Game of Thrones, were set to write and produce the film series. However, on October 28, 2019, it was announced that Benioff and Weiss exited the film series due to scheduling conflicts with Netflix, Inc., leaving the project's fate currently unknown.[2][4][5]

The first film of the series was previously set for release on December 22, 2023.[3]

Development[edit | edit source]

The film series was announced by Lucasfilm on February 6, 2018 on StarWars.com. Benioff and Weiss confirmed they would start working on the film series once Game of Thrones airs its eighth and final season (during the filming of which George Lucas visited the set and helped direct a scene[6][7]) in 2019.[1] On February 10, 2019, HBO President Casey Bloys clarified that Benioff and Weiss would work on a Star Wars film trilogy upon finishing Game of Thrones but before beginning production of their upcoming alternate-history drama series Confederate.[8]

According to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Benioff and Weiss would be collaborating with Rian Johnson, who is working on his own series of Star Wars films.[9] In May 2019, the four met to "lock down" their plans for their films.[10] That summer, Benioff and Weiss met with George Lucas in Italy to research the film.[11] However, on October 28, 2019, it was reported that Benioff and Weiss had exited the film series due to scheduling conflicts with Netflix, Inc., leaving the project's fate currently unknown.[2][4][5] Two days later, Variety reported that the plans Benioff and Weiss had for the film series involved the exploration of the origins of the Jedi.[12]

Release[edit | edit source]

"The conclusion that we reached was three years was the proper amount of time to not only take a breather and reset, but to really gear up for the next films released."
―Disney CEO Bob Iger[src]

In September 2018, Bob Iger said that there would be a "slowdown" on the release of Star Wars films, because he felt there had been "a little too much, too fast."[13] (He reaffirmed this in April 2019: “We will take a pause, some time, and reset … There will be other Stars Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”[14]) On May 7, 2019, Disney released its 2020–2027 theatrical release schedule, which revealed that Star Wars films are scheduled to hit theaters in 2023, 2025 and 2027.[12][3]

Films[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 StarWars.com Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Write and Produce a New Series of Star Wars Films on StarWars.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Boucher, Geoff (2019-10-28). 'Star Wars' Setback: 'Game Of Thrones' Duo David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Exit Trilogy. deadline.com. Archived from the original on July 21, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lang, Brent (2020-07-23). ‘Star Wars’ Films, ‘Avatar’ Sequels Pushed Back a Year in Disney Release Calendar Shakeup. variety.com. Archived from the original on July 23, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Game of Thrones creators Benioff and Weiss drop Star Wars movies for Netflix. The Guardian (2019-10-29). Archived from the original on June 17, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Byford, Sam (2019-10-29). Game of Thrones showrunners quit Star Wars trilogy to work on Netflix projects. The Verge. Archived from the original on June 10, 2020.
  6. Hibberd, James (2019-04-01). George Lucas secretly visited the Game of Thrones season 8 set. Archived from the original on July 4, 2019.
  7. Whitbrook, James (2019-04-17). George Lucas Helped Direct a Scene of the Game of Thrones Premiere. io9.gizmodo.com. Archived from the original on December 30, 2019.
  8. Confederate Delay Is Independent of Controversy, HBO Boss Says. tvline.com (2019-02-08). Archived from the original on July 10, 2020. Retrieved on February 11, 2019.
  9. Breznican, Anthony (2019-04-13). Lucasfilm putting the Star Wars movies 'on hiatus' after this year. ew.com. Archived from the original on August 3, 2020.
  10. McMillan, Graeme (2019-04-12). Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy on Planning "Next 10 Years" of Star Wars Films. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 8, 2019.
  11. Kit, Borys (2019-10-30). Divided Attention and Toxic Fandom: Why the 'Game of Thrones' Duo Bailed on 'Star Wars'. hollywoodreporter.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2020.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kroll, Justin (2019-10-30). ‘Star Wars’: Inside ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Exit and the Pressures Facing Lucasfilm (EXCLUSIVE). Variety. Archived from the original on July 21, 2020. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Variety" defined multiple times with different content
  13. Belloni, Matthew (2018-09-20). Bob Iger Talks Disney's Streaming Service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming 'Star Wars' "Slowdown". The Hollywood Reporter. hollywoodreporter.com. Archived from the original on May 11, 2020.
  14. Palmeri, Christopher; Chang, Emily (2019-04-11). Star Wars Movies Will Take a Break After Episode IX, Disney Says. Bloomberg.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2020.
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