- "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
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, with the first film releasing in December 2023. However, on October 28, 2019, it was announced that Benioff and Weiss exited the film series due to scheduling conflicts over their production deal with Netflix, Inc., leaving the project's fate currently unknown.
During a Disney investor call on December 10, 2020, the film Star Wars: Rogue Squadron was announced to have taken the 2023 release date slot, and will be directed by Patty Jenkins. Lucasfilm has not officially confirmed if Rogue Squadron is part of the film series originally developed by Benioff and Weiss, or if that film series is even continuing forward in development.
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) in 2019. 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.
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. In May 2019, the four met to "lock down" their plans for their films. That summer, Benioff and Weiss met with George Lucas in Italy to research the film. 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. 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.
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
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." (He reaffirmed this in April 2019: “We will take a pause, some time, and reset … There will be other Star Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”) 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.